Mid-Week Musings from Lead Pastor Todd Malone
Opening the Church
FBC continues to move toward fully opening. The next milestone will be July 5 when we return to a single service at 10:30am. We didn’t want to start the 11:00am service and then switch right back to the 10:30am – we needed time to communicate the change.
Of course, that is a small change. Bigger changes are coming. Join us for the Congregational Meeting on Sunday, June 28, to hear more. We will meet at 4:00pm in the sanctuary.
A Thought about Seating
One of the challenges of having our regular chairs back in place is that it is harder for people to see where they can sit. It’s also a challenge if one person sits in the middle of a row, because they could end up making the entire row unavailable for anyone else. We will do our best to help people find seats. If you see a family looking for a place to sit and you are the only person/couple in your row, consider moving down so they can fit on your row and still maintain distance.
Night of Lament
How should we as a church respond to injustice? How should we respond to out-of-control behavior that hurts others? One way is to offer something that no one else in our society can… Lament. Lament is a way of going before the Lord and crying out in distress. Lament is all over the Bible, especially the Psalms. God gives us words to say back to Him in prayer when injustice is rampant and people are out of control.
This Saturday, we will have the opportunity to lament. The Gospel Coalition is an association of pastors, writers, and theologians who are deeply committed to the Lord, God’s Word, and the church. They are hosting an online Night of Lament this Saturday night at 6:00pm our time. I suspect it will involve a great deal of prayer – after all that’s what lamenting is. It might be a great event for small groups, inviting friends or neighbors to your home, or a way of opening conversation with someone.
You can get more information by following this link: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/video/join-tgc-for-a-night-of-lament-for-racial-justice/
One of the fundamental temptations we face as Christians is to stop making forward progress. It is to become so fascinated by, so dependent upon, and so in love with the stuff of this world, that we resist where God is taking us. On Sunday, I used the image of crossing a river, with a current that threatens to knock us over. The temptation is to climb up on a rock and stop the journey. Paul reminds us in Romans 8 that where the Lord is taking us is worth it, and we do not make the journey alone. The Lord is making us into images of Jesus – that is a destination worth the struggle. He equips and empowers us through the Holy Spirit – that is a resource that will not fail.