As we increase in-person worship and LifeGroups, we will continue to offer our worship services online. We will post our Sunday morning worship services by 11:00 a.m. so that all who are not able to be present in person will be able to participate with us from wherever they happen to be. This will be a great convenience for those who are unable to attend church in person.
This will be a great temptation for those who are able to attend church in person. The past couple of months have included getting around later and watching the service over brunch for many members of First Baptist Church. As a family, or with a few friends, much of our church has remained somewhat connected by watching the same sermons and listening to the same songs. What a blessing technology has been during these days.
What a curse technology may become if it substitutes for personal interaction with others and service in the local church. What we have done while flattening the curve qualified at the time for “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,” as mentioned in Hebrews 10:25. Watching online, while physically able to attend worship in person, limits opportunities to be blessed and to be a blessing.
One of the fears I have as your pastor is that many have “gotten out of the habit” of coming to church and may never again get into the habit. Streaming the services online does not help this potential problem. However, I feel like the choice to attend church in person must be made by each of us. I can only make that choice for myself.
I am grateful to God and to all of those who have done their part, that we will be moving to phase 3 in Oklahoma very soon. Our participation and service will not be determined by government mandate but by personal choice. I have read some discouraging predictions that it may take years to get back to the levels of attendance that existed before the corona virus came. I pray they are wrong.
By all means, do not risk your health or the health of your family to attend worship and life groups in person. By the same token, do not opt for livestream worship while you are cooking sausage after sleeping in on Sunday and consider yourself to be “all in” for Jesus.
We need to be together, Earl
Please read Acts 7:1-60 before coming to church. Earl will not read the text during the sermon.
- Sundays Sermon “Stephen’s Final Sermon” Acts 7:1-60
- Family Worship on May 31, Saturday at 5:00 p.m.; Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Doors will open 15 minutes before each service. No Nursery or Childcare or LifeGroups
- Family Worship in June, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Childcare and LifeGroups TBA
- Feel free to continue and watch the FBC Worship Services anytime after 11:00 a.m. Sunday on the website at: http://www.fbcweatherford.com, on the First Baptist Church Facebook Page, on FBC Weatherford Media on YouTube, or listen at noon on 95.5 FM The Coyote