Pastor’s Musings

Trying New Things (and Letting Other Things Go)

Part of growing and maturing as persons and as disciples of Jesus is reviewing our habits and practices and asking if they are helping us achieve our goals and grow more like Jesus. This week some new things are happening and some other things are going away. Though I don’t like giving up on projects, I have decided to let go of posts on Jerry Bridges’ book Respectable Sins. The events of the last three months interrupted the process, and I found that the posts were not helping in the ways I had originally planned. Also, changes have been made to what is available on the Lord’s Day page, including the removal of the Daily Offices.

Some things continue as they have been. New worship resources are posted for your Pentecost worship at home. The Youtube channel continues to grow. Zoom Bible study continues on Wednesday evenings.

And some new things are starting. I am excited to announce the beginning of a new devotional resource. Head to the page labeled Morning & Evening Devotions to find a PDF copy of devotions for the month. Instructions for use can be found in the front of the devotional. As part of this process, I will be posting shorting videos each week from something in the readings. I hope this helps us to continue to grow together as God’s people.

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12-14 ESV

Sunday, May 24th Resources

As we continue to adapt to our current context, the session has agreed to continue multiple options for engaging and growing during the summer. You may attend worship on Sunday morning (with appropriate social distancing), listen to the broadcast at 7:30 AM on WCSR 92.1, and/or make use of the Worship Resources page on this site to access music, prayers, and video devotionals. Every thing is set to the same pace. If you listen to the radio broadcast, you will hear the same sermon and service music as the 10 AM in-person service. The video devotional is typically an adaptation of a smaller portion of the same sermon text. In this way, you might also think of the website resources as “Sunday school” to accompany the radio and in-person services. Hopefully, this helps us all to feel like we are on the “same page” spiritually and relationally.

I would also like to remind everyone of two additional opportunities for discipleship. The Zoom bible study on Wednesday evenings has been going well. So come and join us! Also, take a look at the “Daily Offices” on the Worship Resources page. There are currently several weeks’ worth of devotions posted. In the coming weeks, I will be experimenting with these resources to help us grow together as a body.

God bless you all!