5/28/2020 12:34:00 PM Return To Congregational Worship "We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing."
Dr. Stanley Spence, Pastor First Baptist Church, Lincolnton, N.C.
Like many other churches, First Baptist will be opening our services to all worshippers this Sunday, May 31st.
We will use several precautions as we do. Wearing masks is a given and social distancing will also be respected. Hand sanitizer will be available at all entrances. Those who have quarantined together will be allowed to sit together. In other words, families in the same household may sit together. Between the services we will sanitize the worship center with a solution to get ready for the second service. You can be sure we will have made safe preparation for your arrival.
Should you still want to worship from home, you can watch us live at 8:30 “contemporary” and 10:30 “traditional” on Sunday morning. The service will also be downloaded to the church website where you can watch it anytime.
We will use the two entrances under the porticoes at either end of the long hallway in order to count those entering. The fellowship hall will carry any overflow should it be necessary.
When we exit the sanctuary and fellowship hall everyone should exit the door nearest their seat. Should you wish to speak to someone you should do that outside so that sanitation can begin right away for the next service.
Tithes and offerings will be received at the door upon exiting and you will find hand sanitizer at each exit. If you feel safe and wish to be with us, we will do our best to give you a safe environment to worship.
I hope you will come. If not, I hope you will worship with us online. In Psalm 15, David regarded entering the Lord’s presence a sacred event. No one barges into the Royal court without being duty vetted, cleaned, and announced. In other words, those who enter to worship the Lord should take it upon themselves to be prepared. We will enter with clean hands, and you will have to manage the clean heart. Use this opportunity to respect the distance between ourselves and others for a season in order to show due respect to the Lord. Use this as a time to make your worship not just a social event or way to break quarantine. Though we will sing with masks on. you can be sure, God will hear our praise. Remember, God is our audience during worship. Our spirits should be fully engaged when we approach him. This may seem a little strange to think this way; and yet, if this was a child or youth exercise for learning about worship in the ancient world, we would be all in for the experience.
Soon enough we will return to a normal arrival and worship entrance experience. I hope we will seek to be different and better worshippers when we do. But for now let’s take advantage of this time and circumstance to make our worship, our approach to God as meaningful as we can. Preparing yourself for worship in spirit and the cleansing of our hands and heart before we enter will do us good. Clean hands and a pure heart the Lord will not despise.