Greetings GBC family!
It’s hard to believe that we are in the midst of Holy Week, the most significant week on the Christian calendar, and yet are not able to gather together to celebrate.
Typically we’d be busy as families thinking through our plans for the holiday weekend. And at the center of those plans would be two distinct times of worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ: remembering the death of Jesus on Friday, and rejoicing in His resurrection on Sunday! Instead, we anticipate staying at home… no new outfits, no egg hunts, no gatherings with extended families, no church breakfast, no corporate worship service.
It’s hard to image Easter like this.
But although it will be difficult to be apart, we are thankful that Jesus is still risen! And we are glad that we can still worship the Lord Jesus in our own homes, at the same time, and with one voice. To help you navigate this weekend, and to keep us together although we’re apart, we are working hard to provide some tools that will assist us all as we worship together at home.
First, as we have done the past three weeks, we are preparing an online worship service that will premier at 10:30 am Sunday morning. Though we’ll all be home, we will sing together, read Scripture together, pray together, and rejoice in God’s Word as it reminds us of what’s of first importance. That service will be posted on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/gbcnewfane/) and on the home page of our website (www.gbcnewfane.com). We will send the YouTube link for that service when it's ready.
Second, since we can’t be together this Friday, we are offering you some resources so that you can take time on your own or as a family to consider what Jesus did for us on the cross. In this packet you will find:
- An idea for a kid-friendly activity to help draw your family’s attention to Jesus’ accomplishments on the cross.
- Suggestions for musical worship, with options designed both for those of you who play instruments and those who do not.
- A recommended Scripture reading accompanied by some devotional suggestions for reflection and discussion.
You can find this information on the home page of our website, or HERE:
We hope that you will set aside some time Friday for this reflection, and join us on Sunday as we worship our risen Lord. If you have any questions, or need help accessing these resources, please call the office or one of the elders and we’ll do our best to assist you.
- For your convenience, we have installed a drop-off slot in the wall of our Welcome Center for your offering envelopes. Many of you have been giving online (Thank you for your faithfulness!); but if you prefer to bring your financial gifts by the office, you’re welcome to do so and insert them into that slot where they will be secure.
- Some of you have asked about whether or not we will have communion as a church family during this time of social distancing. We have talked about it as a staff and as elders, and have decided not to do communion at this time. As we understand it, communion is an ordinance meant to be practiced when the church gathers together, and so at this point we intend to wait until we can be together again. We hope that this will help to remind us that the internet is no substitute for the local church gathered, and will also help to build anticipation for the day when we can enjoy it together again. If our time apart ends up being extended beyond a month or two, we will revisit this decision; but for now I hope it answers your questions.
Thank you for the ways you are caring for and encouraging one another. I look forward to worshipping “with” you this Resurrection Sunday!
Serving you because of Him,