Weekly Update - April 9
FRIDAY CONGREGATIONAL Q&A
One element of our regular Lord’s Day gathering is the opportunity to touch base with leaders in-person, ask ministry questions, express prayer concerns, and seek answers to challenging Bible Questions. Until we begin meeting in-person again, if you would like to join a Friday Q&A session with Pastor Bret and other leaders, feel free to join our weekly congregational Q&A video conference, Friday, 1:00 pm. A Zoom link to the conference will sent to the membership on Friday morning. If you are not a member and desire to attend, email Dawson Bryant for the link.
VIDEO SERMON AND IN-HOME WORSHIP SUGGESTIONS
In lieu of our regular Good Friday Gathering, we have posted suggestions for in-home worship, and a video sermon will be uploaded Friday afternoon to our web-site that you can use to remember the death of Christ and its implications.
A regular highlight of our Good Friday service is the special offering we collect for a designated ministry purpose each year. In light of the needs in our congregation and community, we are designating this year’s offering to our benevolence fund. This fund assists members and others who have unique financial needs. You can mail in a check with “benevolence” in the memo line, or use our online giving portal and choose “Good Friday Benevolence” for this special offering. All that we collect in this special offering will be used to meet the needs of others as we become aware of them. Prayerfully consider participating as the Lord has blessed you.
SERMON AND IN-HOME WORSHIP SUGGESTIONS
As we have been each week, this Resurrection Sunday, we will provide an in-home worship guide, including songs, recordings, and sheet music, as well as a video message on the resurrection account in Luke 24.
RESURRECTION SUNDAY FACEBOOK PHOTOS
Since we are unable to actually get together and see one another, we are encouraging our members to upload photos of your in-home Resurrection Sunday to our church’s main Facebook page. This will be an encouraging way for us to see each other in the setting in which we are worshiping the Lord each week while we are apart from one another.
USE SUNDAY’S VIDEO
Consider also unique ways you could use the video message from Sunday by not only sending it to a family member or friend on your heart, but plan for a follow up video or phone conversation this week to discuss it with them.
While this is the first Sunday that SWBC (as well as almost every Christian congregation) has not been able to gather on a Resurrection Sunday, it is still a special occasion to remember that our faith rests in a risen Savior who is actively involved in everything that is going on in our world, down to the very details of what is happening in your heart.
Be encouraged to pray for others, find ways to uniquely connect with and serve others, focus your heart’s affections on the Lord. This time of isolation may challenge you, but it can also helpfully confront anything and everything that we have tended to find our joy in outside of the Lord. Consider journaling through these days and chronicling some of the lessons you can be learning through this period. In the weeks to come, I will be sharing some that have come to my mind.
Know of our love for each of you and our longing to be back with you in worship, fellowship, and increased discipleship.