What's the next step for a white American Presbyterian Evangelical? God put us here and now, and Acts 2 and Revelation 7:9 among others say running away isn't our calling. A couple of ideas from this pastor, which start with more than a little listening, and a dash of courage.
P.S. Jemar Tisby, author of 'The Color of Compromise' is coming out with 'How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey towerd Racial Justice' in January 2021. He gives us plenty to think about until then.
'Let a person examine themselves, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.'(1 Cor. 11:27-29) In the old days, the pastor would provide the exam. Here's a contemporary approach to help us prepare.
Music today: Liz Vice, 'Empty Me Out.' When we recognize we're buried, raised, and glorified with Christ, we're able to pass along a message that's contagious in the best possible way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR1MoY3DCu8 Jess Ray, 'Too Good' - Part of the exam involves recognizing our need in receiving the unbelievable grace Jesus offers us. 'It may be too good to be understood, but it's not too good to be true.' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qihXzKaUN4g
The Lord's Supper: a 'visible sign of an invisible grace.' A great definition for our minds. What about for our hearts? Let's take a look at Luke 22:14-20 and Jesus' desire to be with his disciples.
Music today: John Michael Talbot, 'I Am the Bread of Life' Protestants and Catholics can enjoy this beautiful meditation on what Jesus gives us through his spiritual presence at the table. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uhk42nq1jwE
'Ascension Day: When Jesus started working from home.' Not only is the first meme I've ever seen on the subject, it's the first time I've thought about the subject for awhile. Then again, I'm an American. Let's look at Acts 1:6-11.
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)