Happy Tuesday, September 8, 2020 church!

Sisters and brothers,

Happy Tuesday to all! I hope all of you had a great Labor Day weekend. It was kind of a bummer that we did not get to meet Sunday because of the weather. I also know there were glitches with the livestream.  I know the video without glitches is posted on our YouTube channel. (The direct link to Sunday’s video is: https://youtu.be/Wpzy7oYeQgA.) 

Even when we meet virtually, we can still worship! One of the songs Pete led us in reminded us that God never changes and is forever faithful to those who believe in Jesus. The message from the final paragraph of Hebrews 6 reminded us that God always keeps His promises. God’s character will not allow Him to do otherwise. Numbers 23:19 tells us, “God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should change His mind.  Does He speak and then not act?  Does He promise and not fulfill?” What God speaks, He does! What He promises, He fulfills! God’s promises to forgive our sins, give us eternal life in Jesus, to never leave those who believe, and every other promise God has made to us will be without fail kept! You can depend on God to keep His promises to His people.  His promises are sure.  If you have never had anyone keep their promises to you before, God will without fail keep everyone of His promises to you. You can trust Him. He will not fail you. God’s promises to those who believe in Jesus provide us with a continual, sure, and steadfast hope.  

We are still planning on meeting in the parking lot through the month of September. HOWEVER, BEGINNING THIS SUNDAY, SEPETMBER 13TH, WE WILL CHANGE THE TIME FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP BACK TO 10:30 AM. Also, we have rescheduled observing the Lord’s Supper for this upcoming Sunday, September 13, during our morning worship at 10:30 AM.

The goal of leadership is to try to begin meeting indoors in October. However, that is not firm as we seek to be flexible in dealing with Covid 19. Whenever we begin to meet indoors, we will still have to practice social distancing, no hugging or touching, and the wearing of masks while indoors for the foreseeable future. We would appreciate any suggestions or feedback you might like to share on these issues. Also, we ask you to be patient with leadership as we try to proceed in a wise and God-honoring way.

Please join me in praying for our city, state, and nation during these difficult days.  God’s people need to intensely seek His help, His justice, His mercy, and His peace in these times.

Remember to keep praying continually for each other.

Love being your pastor!

Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church