Greetings, everyone! We have been memorizing the first part of Psalm 34 as Fighter Verses for the past few weeks. This week it is Psalm 34:6-8, "This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!" What wonderful words for us to remember as we prepare to gather for worship tomorrow!
TODAY the MACH 4 Men's Group will gather at Fairport Baptist Church at 6 pm for our monthly fellowship meeting. All men and boys are welcome and invited to attend this meeting. There will be a meal followed by a devotional message, then time to discuss any community needs or upcoming projects. Come and join us!
TOMORROW we will gather twice on THE LORD’S DAY. Tomorrow morning, our regular worship hour begins at 10:40 am. The focus of the sermon will be Acts 2:37-47 under the title "Brothers, What Shall We Do?" We will be considering the response of Peter's listeners to his sermon on the day of Pentecost and how that relates to the way we respond to the apostolic message today. Below are all the Scriptures that will be read during the service tomorrow. Take a few moments to read and meditate on them in preparation for our time together. Click anywhere on the link to bring up a printable version of these Scriptures:
Fighter Verses: Psalm 34:6-8
Call to Worship: Psalm 65:1-8
Old Testament: Isaiah 55:10-13
New Testament: Romans 8:1-11
Assurance of God's Pardon: Psalm 86:5-6
Sermon: Acts 2:37-47
Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26
You can also click this link to bring up these Scriptures complete with footnotes and cross references from Bible Gateway.
THIS WEEK has significance for the Dixon family, and by extension, for you as our church family. Lord willing, we will close on our house in Maysville sometime on Friday, July 17! That is also the day we will begin the move, likely in late afternoon, then complete the process on Saturday morning, July 18. My intention is to borrow an enclosed trailer at the beginning of next week and start loading boxes and small items, Tuesday-Friday, then secure a moving truck for Friday-Saturday for the big stuff (furniture and appliances). If you are able to help us in any way, please let me know by calling/texting me at 479-238-3772 or Lorrie at 479-382-6971.
For those who may not know our story, we tried to move to Maysville when our house in St. Joe sold in May 2017, but nothing suitable was available then. We bought in Cameron, and have been there since July 2017. Our desire has been to reside in the place we serve, and the Lord opened up the opportunity for us to purchase 1003 Sycamore Drive in Maysville. I find it interesting that this home used to be the Christian Church parsonage. The church sold it many years ago, but the family we are buying it from is also a pastor's family who serve in Cameron. The point is, the home has been used for ministry over the years and will continue to do so. We can't wait to have you all over for an "open house" and other get-togethers!
Our second meeting tomorrow will be our Member Meeting at 6 pm. We haven't met in a few months due to COVID-19, but we plan to do so for ministry reports, membership matters, and necessary business. The meeting is open to all, but all members are requested to attend. We will meet in the Great Room unless otherwise specified.
MAYSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT is scheduled for Friday evening, July 17, at 7 pm on the football field. Congratulations to the class of 2020, and especially to our graduate, Emily Poston!
COMING UP July 27-31, Backyard Bible Clubs! This was the week we originally had set aside for VBS, but those plans were shelved due to coronavirus concerns. Backyard Bible Clubs are held outdoors, typically at someone's home, and are abbreviated in time. We are looking at each club being 3-5 evenings for about an hour at a time. Dava Hackett, our VBS director, is putting together teams to do two clubs meeting concurrently that week. Our prayer is to have enough volunteers to accomplish this goal. Please contact Dava at 816-390-5344 if you are willing to help in some way.
ICYMI: Last Sunday’s Message is available near the bottom of our webpage here. This is an enhanced version of our Facebook Live video cast, better audio and better video quality.
I found this 9-minute sermon excerpt from John Piper The God Over Viruses to be profoundly encouraging in the midst of our current situation. I hope you find it equally so. Our God is sovereign over all, the winds and the waves, certainly, but also over deadly microscopic bits of DNA. (A big thank you to my wife, Lorrie, for sending this to me yesterday!)
See you in church!
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Greg Dixon