In Colossians 2.5 the Apostle Paul wrote:
“Though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.”
For the second week in a row, these words ring more true than at any other time I can remember. While we are still “absent” from one another “in the body”, we are still able to be together through our common worship. While I look forward to the day when we will all gather again for worship, I “rejoice” that it is possible for us to still worship together through social media.
Once again we have developed a .pdf worship bulletin (GCPC Worship – March 29, 2020 that can be downloaded and printed so that each person can have a service outline, with the words to the various parts and to all the songs. Under each heading of the worship outline there are simple instructions, followed by the words to serve as your tools for worship. As last week, it may be beneficial to review the service outline, and to assign the various parts before you begin your time of worship.
One thing that may not have been made clear enough last week, each home or group should use the digital outline as well, clicking on the appropriate video at the point you reach that part of the service. At the same time, the videos are optional. If your group is musically gifted, you may choose to forgo the video and sing the songs within your group. Likewise, some may choose to read the passage, and have discussion of the passage, but forgo watching the video message.
The videos for each of the songs, and for the message, will be uploaded and embedded into the digital service outline. By 8am Sunday morning, March 29, the service, with videos, will be available to view. A link to the digital worship outline will be found on front page of the Grace Covenant web page, and on the Grace Covenant Facebook page.
We again want to encourage people to connect to worship. We have heard several reports where this is already happening. If you are living on your own, or if you are part of a group who knows someone living on their own, we encourage you to reach out and connect by phone, or Skype, or Zoom, etc, and worship together.
Finally, we are thankful for the feedback we received from you this past week. We invite your continued comments so that we can serve the church as best we can. We will continue to evaluate how things work each week. We are considering experimenting with a live service at some point in the coming weeks; and we are already working on our Palm Sunday and Easter services. We welcome your thoughts. Again, after you have worshiped this week, feel free to e-mail us about your experiences. We look forward to hearing how God is at work amongst us.
Grace & Peace,
W. Dennis Griffith, Lead Pastor
Download: GCPC Worship – March 29, 2020