Reopening of Church Services
July 8, 2020
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Thank you for your patience and prayers regarding the re-opening of our church for public services. Our Session and Board have considered the matter very carefully with much prayer and discussion.
We have decided to reopen on July 26th for the morning worship only, reverting back to our original service time of 11:00 a.m. for the duration of July and August. We will have in place all the necessary safety protocols, which will be emailed next week. We recognize that some may still feel uncomfortable in returning at this time, and we wish to assure you that we will support your decision to continue to worship with us online.
The evening service will continue on SermonAudio, but will also revert back to the original service time (on July 26th) of 6:30 p.m. with the pre-service prayer meeting via Zoom at 5:50 p.m. The Wednesday prayer meeting will continue over Zoom.
We look forward to renewing fellowship once again in person.
Much blessing to you and your family,
Pastor Larry Saunders
SEEKING LOST SOULS
“And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” Luke 15:6-7
Our Lord sought the proximity of sinners, not because there was any affinity between His character and theirs, but because He desired bring them back from the far country into which they had wandered. The straying sheep heedlessly nibbles at the grass which lies immediately in front, and so crops its way until it has wandered a great distance from the shepherd, and the rest of the flock.
Is this a picture of your life? Have you lived only for personal gratification, drifting in thoughtlessness and unconsciousness of the dangers which threaten to destroy you? Then remember, that though you care not for yourself, your condition is stirring the deepest solicitude in the heart of Christ. Probably you will never find your way back to Him, but Christ is on your track, and He will not relinquish his quest until He has come just where you are, and has extricated you from the rocks on which you have fallen, or from the thorns in which you are entangled.
The lost coin bears the image and superscription of the sovereign, once clear-cut by the mint, but it lies unused, tarnished and perhaps defaced, amidst the dust of the corner, or the chink of the floor. Its owner sweeps, ransacks, and explores every possible hiding-place until it is found. How aptly that lost coin represents the soul of man, made in the image of God, lying amid the dust of sin. The one hope for the sinner is the anxiety in the heart of God, who leaves no stone unturned that He may win us back. There is disturbance and removal, and the house of life is upset in every part, for no other reason than that we should be recovered. – F. B. Meyer
The Lord's Day Services
Sunday, July 12, 2020
10:00 a.m. Morning Service – Mr. Frank D’Addurno – via SermonAudio, click here
4:30 p.m. Preservice Prayer Meeting – via Zoom
5:30 p.m. Evening Service – Mr. James Fraser – via SermonAudio, click here
*Pastor Saunders is on holiday July 12th & 19th.
Wednesday, July 15th
7:30 p.m. Bible Study & Prayer Meeting – Mr. George Robinson – via Zoom
Sunday, July 19th
10:00 a.m. Morning Service – Rev. Reggie Cranston – via SermonAudio
4:30 p.m. Preservice Prayer Meeting – via Zoom
5:30 p.m. Evening Service – Mr. Alex Newell – via SermonAudio
Wednesday, July 22nd
7:30 p.m. Bible Study & Prayer Meeting – via Zoom
The Children's Catechism
Q10. How did man disobey God?
A. By eating the forbidden fruit.
The Shorter Catechism
Q10. How did God create man?
A. God created man male and female, after his own image¹, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness², with dominion over the creatures³.
¹So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:27).
²And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: (Colossians 3:10).
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:24).
³And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:28).
FPCNA PRAYER REQUESTS
Benjamin (Orlando FPC) is a 1st-year GRS student planning to graduate in 2023 with a Master of Divinity degree. He is living in Greenville while in seminary and has a burden to be an FPC minister in the U.S.
- That the Lord would provide a work schedule that would allow him to be more involved in the outreaches in Greenville.
- That he would be diligent in his studies, not adopting the attitude of studying for the sake of completing courses.
- That the Lord would give grace and power upon every opportunity to preach.
- That he would live faithfully according to the call of the Lord to this ministry.