Things are going to be quite different for the time being. We are taking every opportunity and using every resource available to us to meet the needs of our church body while we all practice social-distancing.
One of the resources available to us is this blog. I (Rebekah) have used this blog for years and years as a creative outlet, review site, and a way to share my heart. What a great chance for me to put it to use as an online support for all of you!
Our church does have a Facebook page but we understand that not everyone uses Facebook. Hopefully, this page will be just another way to encourage you.
This morning's message is just one of simple encouragement. Pastor Troy is going to provide messages weekly, but he wanted to begin with just one of hope and admonition.
We also encourage you to spend a little time in praise and worship. Below are a few songs that you might hear in a Sunday morning service at our church.
We have provided you links to resources you can use in your own personal studies. You might be familiar with them. Something I like to do is to write out the Scripture given in the message word for word in a separate notebook as well as a list of prayer needs. I like to read those verses over and over through the week, along with different commentaries, etc.
Please, take care and know that we love each and every one. Just a quick note. You will notice a "knocking" in the video made from Pastor Troy's office. It wasn't a giant woodpecker. It was the workman putting in a new roof on the office building!
Praise and Worship
Loved Lifted Me (performed by the Gaither Vocal Band)
Raise a Hallelujah (performed by Bethel Music)
Good, Good Father (performed by Chris Tomlin)
Pastor Troy's Sunday Morning Encouragement
Bible Study Resources
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
How to Pray
Below are specific prayers that the Assemblies of God leadership put out. Take some time every day this week and pray!
• Father, thank You that “Your name is a strong tower, where the righteous can run to You and are safe” (Proverbs 18:10).
• We pray for those on the front lines of this response, including health officials who are working around the clock to protect us. Give them supernatural wisdom as they seek to create a vaccine and antidotes to combat this virus.
• We pray for courageous first responders in the medical field who are working for the health and safety of our communities in hospitals, clinics, and emergency rooms.
• We pray for You to grant wisdom to governmental leaders throughout the world, on both national and local levels, regarding actions to be taken to protect the citizens they serve. Your Word assures us that if any person lacks wisdom, we can ask You and You will give it generously.
• Lord, we lift to You our concern for people who are more likely than others to become severely ill from COVID-19—the elderly and people with chronic health conditions. Protect them from harm and be their comfort in this time of uncertainty.
• We pray for the health and well-being of those who have already been affected by this virus. Lord, during Your ministry on earth, You showed Your power by healing people of all ages from physical, mental and spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need Your healing touch due to COVID-19. You are a God who heals ALL of our diseases.
• Lord, please also take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment and those under quarantine. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them.
• We pray for those who have been impacted financially from this interruption. Thank you, Lord, for supplying their needs according to Your riches and glory.
• We pray for a faith that will not only endure through this, but will grow, and lift up the name of Jesus—our Savior, Baptizer, Healer, and Soon-Coming King—as we remember Your greatness and know that NOTHING is too difficult for You.
• We pray for a spirit of peace and that a pandemic of hope would spread globally as Your people, who are called by Your name, live out their faith in the midst of this crisis.
• You have not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Thank You that You are the source of hope, and that You will fill us completely with joy and peace because we trust in You (Romans 15:13).
God Bless You!