Sunday, June 21, 2020 11:00 AM
Third Sunday after Pentecost
Virtual Church – Online
Scriptures include: Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 and Romans 6:1b-11
Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled, “Identity Crisis”
In our passage from Romans for this Sunday, Paul reminds the Christians in Rome that although God’s grace is free and abundant, that doesn’t mean that we should keep on living in sinful ways. Being baptized reminds us that we die to our old way of living, burying our selfishness, and then we are reborn into living like Jesus. Our identity is in Christ, and when we live sinfully, we have an identity crisis. When we are focused solely on our desires and not on what God wants of us, our identity has no integrity. Let’s hear this word from Paul this week, and remember our baptism’s symbolism of death and rebirth, reevaluating our greed, hate, selfishness, and lack of compassion in the Light of Christ.
Giving of our Resources
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We are in the midst of new missions opportunities during this season of pandemic. We want to serve our neighbors, and to do that, we need your generous giving. Click here to see what we’re up to, and make a special donation to our Missions Opportunity fund by designating your online gift or mailed check in the memo line.
Thank you for providing for the mission and ministry of First Baptist Church!
A prayer for Fathers today:
We give thanks today…
For fathers who showed up, played and danced, ran and twirled, taught and learned;
For fathers who kissed boo-boos and held us in strong arms when we were weak;
For fathers who believed in us and trusted us with our own futures, even as they taught us how best to live;
For fathers who exhibited the very best of what it means to be men, and tossed aside toxic masculinity in favor of a strength in love and empathy;
For fathers who had high standards, yet deep compassion;
For fathers who taught us rules to live by, and with integrity lived by these rules themselves;
For fathers who protected us and sought after our welfare;
For fathers who were never related to us by blood or by law but stood in as a father figure;
For fathers who were not always present but by grace came back into our lives.