Plans for reopening First Baptist Church on the 7th of June.
1st Regular service time will be 10:45 A.M.
2nd We will ask that masks be worn as you enter the building and are seated for service. After being seated you are permitted to remove your mask. After the service is complete you are asked to put on your mask.
3rd Seating will be arranged to provide social distancing during worship. Please sit in pews marked for seating. Please do not sit in pews not marked (even if it is your traditional seat) we plan to serve communion and take offering with deacons using the open pews so that we are not all passing the plates and touching the elements.
4th We are asking that fellowship take place outside the building as per CDC recommendations. Inside the building please know we are so happy to see and be with you for worship but we must refrain from our normal hugs, handshakes, and fist bumps. A good wave of the hand will have to do for right now.
5th We will be keeping all unnecessary areas of the church building closed off so that we may concentrate on cleaning used areas. Parents are asked to not allow children to roam the building unattended.
6th The Nursery room will be open for use by the parents for special needs. The R&R room will be open for extra space to use during the service by parents or individuals. We provide a live video feed to that room of the service on the large TV.
7th We ask as we begin to sing together as a congregation that masks be worn for singing.
8th We will continue to stream our Sunday Sermon which can be found on our church’s web page.
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Up to a month ago the term social distancing was rarely, if ever, used in our conversations, news media, or lives. Today it is a word too common. Most of us have come to truly dislike it and its implications. Our families, friendships, churches, and work, in truth our entire lives, have been changed because of attempting to keep 6 feet or more away from others.
I personally have felt withdrawal symptoms from not being around family and our church family. My brother went through an invasive surgery for cancer on Tuesday of this week, and none of his family will be able to visit him in the hospital until he is discharged. My wife’s mother and my father are in assisted living and nursing homes. They have been on lock-down since this all started with no visitation allowed. It is safe to say I do not like this social distancing. I gather you probably don’t either.
This event has, besides causing heart strings to be strained and loneliness to be a prison cell and tormentor, has caused me to consider the sin-caused distancing seen at the cross of Jesus Christ. Our somewhat restrained social distancing, where we can video chat, call, write, and enjoy a bit of fellowship is truly a light and momentary affliction. In our social distancing we are still loving one another, caring for each other, sharing what we can in communication, and building stronger bonds across the moments of separation. Jesus, the Son of God, God the Father, and God the Holy Spirit together since eternity past had never experienced a social distancing. They have had perfect fellowship and union and communion for all of eternity. The did not create mankind because they were lonely or needed us for any reason other than to show their glory, greatness, love, compassion, power, and mercy. Their bond in the trinitarian relationship was perfect, strong, and eternal, until the cross.
I have walked through the separation at death with long-time married couples who have spent their lives together and I have seen the devastation of the sudden loss of their partner and love of their lives and know the pain. Years create a bond where words can barely describe the pain in separation. That is why the words of Jesus on the cross found in Matthew 27:46 tell of the pain of their separation and sin caused distancing, “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?".
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:21 , “For He made Him who knew no sin to become sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”. The sin caused distancing was not on account of Jesus’ sin debt but ours. For the first time in all eternity the perfect union of the Trinity experienced separation. But as the verse goes on to say it was not the end of the story and for a much greater purpose. His death on the cross and the separation on our behalf gives us an open door to enter a relationship we could not have without His sacrifice.
As you suffer in the coming days from your social distancing think of the sin caused separation seen at the cross and rejoice in God’s willingness to sacrifice His perfect fellowship in the Trinity to invite us into a relationship that is promised to last forever.
Observing the Lord’s Supper – Check list and instructions for your family.
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (105-110 degrees)
¼ cup white sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 egg, beaten
2 teaspoons salt
4 ½ cups flour
¼ tsp. garlic powder
Sermon Preached 3/8/20
What are you praying for? If I were to ask you that question what are the things, people, or circumstances that are on your heart? What do you want to bring to God as a request or plea for Him to step in and intercede?
Most of us have a loved one or two who need physical healing or comfort. Many of us have relationships that are in need of repair, care, and love. Most of us want protection for loved ones and good things to happen all around us so we will pray something like, “Lord be with ___________ and with us also”.
Whether it is the biggest or smallest of things, Jesus told us to bring our requests to God in His name so that we would know that God would be working on it, for us, and ultimately for His glory.
When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray (Matthew 6:5-15) “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” (Matthew 6:9b.-10 NKJV; emphasis mine) He showed the heart of God that the will of God might be done on the earth as it is in heaven. I believe we would like that same thing. I hear your prayer requests and most of them are centered on God’s will being done. We would hope that His will would mean better things: peace, love, joy, and changes for the good in our circumstances.
As you know, God’s will being done on earth will not always result in sunshine and flowers and happy faces. We live in a world affected by sin. God’s plan and purposes are to work to reverse these affects. Many times we will face and feel the effects of living in our broken world like the prophet Jeremiah (Lamentations 3). But we can always remember, like Jeremiah, that every morning God’s mercies are new because of God’s great faithfulness.
As we start this new series, On Earth as it is in Heaven, from Colossians 3, consider not only your prayers but also your thinking, actions, and attitudes as answers to Jesus request for more of God’s will to be done on earth through Christ followers as it is done in heaven.
Colossians 3:1-4 gives three reason to live on earth like heaven is here and now.
Reason 1. Colossians 3:1 Christ is reigning now
Paul gives two commands for those living for heaven as heavenly citizens now.
First Seek above things (God’s will) daily (Col. 3:1)