One of the greatest comeback stories in musical history finished with this glorious vision that comes through - and in spite of! - a group of all-too-human but Christ-loved churches. If you're worried about the political future of our country, take 6 minutes with me and Revelation 4.
Music today: 'Worthy is the Lamb that was Slain' from George Handel's 'Messiah'. Something I didn't mention is that despite his financial plight, Handel donated the proceeds of his very successful initial performance of 'Messiah' to free 140 people from debtor's prison. God has been using this music in similar ways ever since. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZoxsWl7-XA
We use the phrase 'open door' all the time in our prayers as Christians. Where does that come from? Spend 5 minutes with me - you may find something in common with the little church of Philadelphia in Revelation 3!
Music Today: Pete Townsend, 'Let My Love Open the Door'. While old Pete probably didn't have this mind, these lyrics would be a good fit for Jesus' encouragement to the fearful church of Philadelphia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxryzVVxFHI
Also: 'Light the Fire Again', Brian Doerkson.A praise song from the '80s, it's one of my favorites because it's one of the rarer contemporary songs that calls for personal repentance: 'Naked and poor, wretched and blind I come/ Clothe me in white, so I won't be ashamed.' This is based on Jesus' bracing call to the church in Laodecia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0rthdHtf64
You and your (our!) church can believe exactly the right doctrine, but still be removed from Jesus' presence. Power and precision of doctrine, while important, mean nothing compared to this. Let's take five minutes together with Revelation 2:1-7.
Revelation is structured like an awesome roller coaster - but my old nesting dolls have an insightful word to add. Everything that comes after in the book comes out of who Jesus is NOW. Does your vision and relationship with Christ need an update?
2020 has been a roller coaster without any safety rails. That makes it a great time to take a look at the book of Revelation, which intentionally puts us on a loop-de-loop to prepare Christians under pressure - and unbelievers on the fence - for the end of time. Join me for the start of the journey!
Last night our church session met in a virtual meeting to discuss our plans for worship in light of the latest guidance given July 15 from Governor Wolf. The governor specifically exempted churches from his restrictions of no more than 25 people in an indoor facility and has not placed Beaver County (or any other county in Western Pennsylvania) back in a ‘red’ phase.
We also carefully considered all the feedback we received from those of you who have replied over the past month to our questionnaire.
As a result, the Cup church session adopted unanimously the following policy:
We will continue to meet for sanctuary worship at 10:30 on Sunday mornings.
We are requiring masks through the entire worship service unless a medical condition prevents this. If someone desires not to wear a mask for personal reasons, we can provide a location for seating where the service can be heard, but outside of the sanctuary.
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We continue to monitor the situation involving COVID-19 and aim at providing the proper balance of spiritual and physical care to our congregation and community. Our policy will be adapted as circumstances warrant.
We are thankful for God’s provision and your support in these challenging times and look forward to the time when all of us will feel comfortable and secure in attending worship together. Until that time, let us ‘fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. . .so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.’ (Hebrews 12:2-3)