It was great to see so many of you at our first live service for months! To hear you worship and see you fellowshipping together was awesome. There were 58 of us present. We tried to live-stream the service but our Wi-Fi failed. We hope to live-stream or record our service for those who may not yet be comfortable or able to attend a live service. Every person is important, and we want to respect each one’s decision to stay home or to be present with us.
Here are some things coming up:
- Sunday, June 7 – 10:30 am – A live service and Communion.
- How are the dead raised? With what body are they raised? How can God restore the bodies of those cremated, lost at sea, or blown up in an explosion? We eventually disintegrate even if we are embalmed. Pastor Ed will explore these questions as we continue our series in 1 Corinthians.
- Pastor Dehric will lead us in Communion.
- Sunday, June 14 – 10:30 am – A live service with testimonies.
- What is the great hidden truth about death? How do we find victory over death? What happens at the last trumpet? Pastor Ed will explore these things as we continue our study in 1 Corinthians.
- A time of testimony, sharing, prayer requests and praying together. What has God been revealing to us during this time? What do you desire to pray for or have prayed for you?
- The beginning – or restart – of our Bible Discovery Hour and War Room Prayer at 9:00 am. We will let you know when we feel it is safe to do so. Both Bill Reish and Pastor Ed are anxious to start where they left off several months ago. Watch for announcements. Pray that, if the Lord wills, we could begin as soon as June 14 or June 21.
In times of hardships, we need to remember those who have persevered before us:
The Mayflower sailed from Plymouth Harbor on Wednesday, September 6, 1620. The voyage to America was a nightmare. The ship was the length of a tennis court, designed for cargo, not passengers. All 102 passengers and the 25 or so crew members were crammed into tight spaces. Most spent the voyage in the darkness of the gun deck, which only measured 25 x 15 feet at its broadest point and was barely over 5 feet high. The children could stand up, but everyone else was forced to crawl on hands and knees.
The voyage lasted 66 days (sounds like Covid-19). Sea sickness was rampant as the ship rolled and pitched on stormy seas. It caused everyone and everything to be drenched. The Pilgrims, however, never lost sight of God. Midway through the voyage, Psalm 107 was the Scripture for the day. It was a Psalm of Thanksgiving. Let me just share a portion of that Psalm:
“Then they cry out to the Lord in their troubles,
And He brings them out of their distress.
He calms the storm, so that its waves are still,
Then they are glad because they are quiet;
So He guides them to their desired haven.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness.
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!”
Upon reaching their “desired haven” of Cape Cod, the Pilgrims wrote a formal binding agreement, known as the Mayflower Compact. It had a tremendous impact on the Declaration of Independence, written years later. That Compact marked the first time in the history of what would become America that free and equal men had voluntarily covenanted together to create their own new civil government based on biblical principles. (Peter Marshall and David Manuel, The Light and the Glory).
With Paul, let us declare: “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to live humbly and I know how to live in prosperity . . . I have learned to be both full and to be hungry, both to abound and suffer need. I can do all things thorough Christ who strengthens me.”
Lord willing, we will see you soon. In the meantime, know you are loved and prayed for.
Yours together in ministry,