Worship Time Announcement
1“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. 3 It is as if the dew of Herman were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life evermore” Psalms 133
The Apostle Paul writes to the Christians in Rome, in Romans 15:5-6 “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”.
The Bible is very clear that God pours out his Spirit and blessings on His people when they come together in unity – with one voice, one mind, one message and one heart. These last three months you have experienced that with us each Sunday as our entire church family gathered together and worshiped as one. Young and Old, from various backgrounds, various styles and taste, various levels of spiritual maturity; all experiencing the power, the outpouring and blessings of God that come from a place of unity. It would be very difficult for anyone to deny that something has been different – different from last winter, different from when we worshiped in two services, different from anything I have experienced in my last 10 years as Pastor here.
During these last three months, we have seen bad weather days that in the past would mean lean attendance only to have the church filled with excitement. We have laughed, worshiped, fellowshipped, cried, been challenged and changed with others we might never have seen had we been in two services. We have sensed the excitement and joy of worshiping as one body; as a choir and worship team, as children and Senior Adults, as individuals and families – as truly a united First Baptist family.
Through all of that, your chosen spiritual leaders – our staff and deacons have been in diligent prayer, listening to you – but most importantly, listening to the leadership of the Holy Spirit about God’s direction for the future of our church. The overwhelming, united and unanimous conclusion has been that as a church body, for such a time as this, we must continue to worship as one. Therefore, we will not be returning to 2 services after Easter but will continue to worship as one body at 10:00. This is not about any worship styles or taste, but rather following the direction and leading of God for the future of our church body and our ability to minister, serve and reach out to our community with the love and message of Jesus Christ. We feel that to go back to separate services after experiencing what we have these last three months would be a step backwards and we are excited about allowing what God has begun to continue.
We realize that this is change, and any change can bring questions and discomfort. We hope and pray that you have sensed and experienced the tangible spiritual difference in our worship these last several weeks and will meet this change with excitement and opportunity. On a practical sense, the structure of our services will be very similar to what we have done these past several months – this will become a foundation on which we can build and adapt – we will not be defined by descriptive terms like “contemporary” or “traditional” but rather simply “Spirit – Led” worship. We encourage and look forward to your input as we move forward and we hope to incorporate all styles and types of worship with the goal that each person here will have a meaningful worship experience and a personal encounter with God.
We will be working with both our Sunday School and Small Group leadership to implement any desired changes needed to help all of our groups grow in participation and even expand with new group opportunities at both 9:00 and 11:15. We are thrilled and excited with the direction in which God is leading us and we pray you will be positive and excited as we move forward and that you will allow the Holy Spirit to direct your response. Thank you for trusting us to be both sensitive and obedient to our Lord’s direction for this church family and we want you to know we do not take that responsibility lightly. We are excited and believe this change will allow us to continue to grow and be strengthened together as one and we pray it will ignite in each of us a passion to let our light shine.
May God pour out His blessings on this act of faith and obedience!
The Deacon Body and Staff of First Baptist Blowing Rock