True worshippers worship the Father in spirit & in truth... - John 4:23 September 21, 2020

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Announcement: Short Version

 

By God’s grace and will, this Sunday we plan to assemble at 7:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., & 5:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  Please wear a face covering while inside the church facility.

 

 

Announcement: Long Version

 

This week a renewed emphasis on face coverings has been issued by Governor Larry Hogan.  Because of the diversity of experiences and opinions on this matter, please bear with me as I share some thoughts.

 

Here are a few reminders about why we do what we do.

 

Our concern is layered and multifaceted.  We have the following considerations to apply:

1.     We have a moral obligation to do what is right, good, noble, kind, considerate, submissive & humble. 

2.     We have a legal obligation to comply with our civil authorities (if doing so does not force us to disobey God).

3.     We have a social obligation related specifically to our responsibility to maintain a good reputation in our community that best allows us to be respected and heard so that we can continually declare the gospel.

4.     We have a medical obligation to do our best to protect ourselves and others from unreasonable health risks.

 

So, for this weekend, let me reiterate my recent request that everyone wear a mask of some sort when you enter the church facility.  I’m your pastor, not a policeman.  You are free to make your own choices, but the Scriptures do instruct us as members of the church to submit to one another in the fear of the Lord.  If you can’t wear a mask, I understand.  There are certainly people who can’t/shouldn’t wear masks.  And there are certain circumstances where masks are not needed. Even the governor’s order listed exceptions that could apply to us.

Some of the official exceptions are listed below:

 

Face Coverings not needed:

i.               if the individual is under the age of 5;

ii.              if, due to a bona fide disability or medical condition, it would be unsafe for the person to wear one;

iii.             to the extent wearing a Face Covering would impede communication by or with persons who have a hearing impairment or other disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;

iv.             while consuming food or beverages (communion, drinking water/coffee, etc).

 

It is very important to me that we don’t become the enforcers on each other.  Shaming each other into wearing or not wearing masks is the last thing we need.  If someone doesn’t have one on, please assume that they have a good, legitimate, and noble reason.

 

There are a few in our church who have very strong political or personal reasons for promoting the use (or non-use) of masks.  All of us tend to trust the “experts” who say what we want to hear.  I still do not know which scientists (or leaders) know what they are talking about.  But, as a leader, I feel obligated to take the wisest and most careful path (as I see it now) until the whole picture becomes clear to me.  So, let’s proceed in faith, without fear – embracing kindness and caution.

 

By God’s grace and will, this Sunday we plan to assemble at 7:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., & 5:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  We are supposed to keep our attendance to 50% of our facility capacity or below.  It is preferable that you only attend only 1 of the 3 assemblies in person.  Please wear a face covering while inside the church facility.

 

If our current arrangement is not acceptable to you, I recommend that you watch online this Sunday as you pray for an improvement in our circumstances, clarity, and strategy.  The current arrangement may change.  There is no claim that our strategy is perfect.  We are doing our best with what we have and with what we know at this point in our attempt to best serve as many people as possible.

 

Bless you all!


 

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 (reading through New Testament in 2020)

 

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Our Pastor is Dave Talley.  This is Dave & his wife, Tonya!

 

 

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Read God’s Word

The Bible says, “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Reading the Bible is vital to the Christian life. As we read the Bible, we should search the Scriptures, comparing Scripture with Scripture. Also, set a goal to memorize Scripture and meditate on the Word of God. In our personal lives and with our families each day, we need to be reading the Word of God.

Pray

We believe that God hears and answers prayer. There is no doubt about it, the greatest untapped resource in the Christian life is the matter of prayer. Pray each day. Pray for loved ones. Pray for church leaders and their families. Pray for your church. Pray for our nation. Pray for the lost. Establish a prayer list. Pray.

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The Lord Jesus Christ deserves your faithfulness. Attend every service of the church. A great deal of the strength of the church is based on the faithfulness of the people. Support special meetings at the church with your faithful attendance.

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God’s work is to be supported God’s way. The Bible teaches that we should pay the tithe and give our offerings. Practice tithing as a conviction. Bring the Lord's tithe with you to church each Sunday. Support the ministries of the church with offerings. By faith give to worldwide missions. Support the Christian education endeavors of the church. We cannot outgive God.

Witness to the Lost

Our Lord Jesus Christ came to seek and to save that which was lost. He left us on earth to tell others about the Savior. Determine to bring others to the Savior. Work to bring other families to Christ and to the church. Set a time to go. Make a list of names and addresses of people you want to reach for Christ.


Grace Baptist Church, Hurlock, Maryland