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Day 18 of Lent 2020

Matthew 25:14

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.”

Ray 2020Today is Day 18 of the 40 Days of Lent reading plan. I hope you are enjoying the 40 Day reading plan. I know I am. Keep up with the stories about Jesus’ life as we walk to the cross. Don’t slack and fall behind.

A previous day’s reading ended with Matthew 25:13 – “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” We start today’s lesson with verse 14 – “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.” We must keep watch (13) and we must be faithful to the One who left us – only to return for us.

At First Church we believe that one of the ways we can be faithful while we await Christ’s return is to reach the whole family – everyone – for Christ. How can we help our church family to help the kingdom? During this quarantine period – when everyone is keeping their social distance – how can we still reach out to one another? One way is to call on one another. Another way is to connect through the online worship (Sundays) or online Bible Studies (tonight). See details in an email sent out to the congregation. If you didn’t receive it – message me and I will send it again. Continue reading

March 17, 2020 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Online Worship

Sunday – February 7th – we canceled worship at Mt. Oak – the first time in 30 plus years I have canceled worship at any church I have served.  As a matter of fact, I got two calls from members from previous churches who traveled to Mt. Oak looking for worship – since I never cancel worship – lol.

In place of live worship – we held worship online – so we did worship together.  I imagine we touched more than the 30-60 who would have come out for worship Sunday at the church.  At the peak of the broadcast we had 102 people signed on (and 12 callers on the conference call – although some of these were doubles to the broadcast).  Several folks said they had 4 or more people sitting with them.  If we went with 2.5 as an average per computer we touched 255 people or so Sunday with our online worship service.  Praise the Lord for the opportunity technology allows us.

Most were from Mt. Oak Fellowship but we also had people from Mt. Zion UMC, Back River UMC, Trinity UMC, CCF, and other churches.  We even had someone join us from Michigan and a good conversation developed with this person.  The Body ministered to him as he was searching for a church that taught and preached the Gospel.

How about some feedback from those who tuned in? I know next time we will have two services – one for the call in and one for the broadcast.  We will not do both together again – too much echo and syncing issues.  I also learned about playing videos and keeping my mic off during that time – so my voice won’t be heard singing (ugh) and so it will cut down on echo issues.

Comments on how we can make it better?

February 8, 2010 Posted by | From the Pastor, Worship | , | 5 Comments


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