Sermon,This Sunday, July 5th, Communion
Pastor Matt's sermon "The Inner Conflict" is based on Romans 7:15-25a with an additional reading from Psalm 145:8-14. The Apostle Paul wrestles with the inner conflict between the flesh and the spirit. He knows what he should do but he is unable to accomplish it, on account of sin. Does this struggle resonate with you? Who will rescue us from ourselves?
As we virtually gather around the Lord’s Table in the real presence of Christ. The sacrament will be administered by Pastor Matt during the online service, and for this occasion, Session has authorized church members to serve one another at home during worship on YouTube. And as always, we welcome all who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to celebrate the sacrament. In preparation for communion we encourage you to have some bread (see note below) and grape juice, or wine, ready during worship. Note: if you do not have these elements, you may substitute them with elements you may have at home, such as crackers and water.
Communion Bread available at the church
For many years, the communion bread we’ve shared at FPCPA has been lovingly baked by Loretta Chapman from her own special recipe. Thanks to Rainy Birch, you and your household can share this same bread on June 7 when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper virtually. Rainy will be using Loretta’s recipe to make rolls that you may use for your communion bread at home. Each roll will be enough to serve your household and will be individually packaged for your safety. You may pick up your roll—or gluten-free communion wafers—at the church on Friday July 3 , between 3-6 pm and Saturday July 4, between 10-11. The rolls will be in the hallway by the office and you can enter through the handicap accessible door and not have to touch anything with your hands.
July 26—that is the date when our building will reopen for in-person worship! However, a word of caution is in order. When we return for in-person worship, things will be markedly different. Session is working on a detailed reopening procedure in accordance with presbytery and state guidelines, but here are some key items you should expect:
- Seating will be in marked areas only—both in the sanctuary and the fellowship hall—all of which will be properly socially distanced from one another.
- Hymnals and Bibles will be removed from the pew racks.
- Everyone 6 years and up entering the building must wear a mask for the duration of the worship service—this includes all worship leaders, musicians, and pastors. Masks are encouraged for 3-5-year-olds. (*Per statewide mandate, effective June 26.)
- Singing is allowed, but masks must still be worn.
- There will be no fellowship time in the building before/after the service. Please do your visiting outside.
- Services will be available online, whether recorded or via livestream.
- Children will remain with their families during the service. Parents are encouraged to bring something for their children to work on during the service, as worship activity bags will not be available.
In addition to the procedures above, you should also expect things to change from week to week as we experiment with different worship elements and technologies. It will take a while to find a new normal, and we must also be prepared to make adjustments depending on the public health situation. A lot will be different, but there will also be a lot to celebrate. It will be wonderful to gather again and see familiar faces—even if they are partially obscured by masks. If we have learned anything in the last three months, it is to be patient and flexible. May we all keep that same attitude when we come together again for in-person worship.
Drive by Baby Shower for Colin Christensen on July 26 at 2pm
Colin’s parents are Kyle and Jamie Christiansen. Grandparents are Bret & Diane Curtis
Clothing 12 months and up
Size 3 diapers & wipes
Gifts cards: local, Amazon, and Target.
New Devotionals are Available
The new These Days and Upper Room are now available. Let the office know if you want one and we will see that you get one. They will also be on the desk outside the office.
Upper Room conducts a live daily morning prayer meditation on its Facebook page at https:// www.facebook.com/Upper RoomCenter/. It begins at 9 am Pacific time. In addition, the Upper Room web site offers a page of other online devotional resources at https://bit.ly/2WND243. It includes a daily email you can subscribe to, podcasts and videos, and more.
The staff is working on ways to give you online worship experiences created by Pastor Matt and others on the worship team. Following “social distancing” protocols still allows people to work together to create music, write prayers, and create inspiring sermons. A new web page on our site is called “E-Worship” located at fpcpa.org/eworship. Please continue to check the page for new ways to be the Church during this outbreak.
Church committees, Bible studies, and others can meet using the Zoom platform to do virtual meetings using your smartphone, tablet, or computer. We are happy to help you set up one of these meetings. Just let us know.
Directories and Hymnals
The office is also continuing to work on the draft directories. Several people have noted omissions and errors, which we are correcting. We will call or email you if we are uncertain about whether your information is up to date. Of course, you can contact us anytime to let us know if you have seen an error.
In addition, bookplates are being created for the new hymnals, Lift Up Your Hearts, which look great and have even been embossed with the church name. Once the bookplates have been printed, we will need a couple of volunteers to place them in the hymnals. After that, the hymnals will be placed in the pews and ready to use.
Blessings, Lauren Corder, Office Mgr.