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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Join Us for a Service of Worship and Communion

Sunday, July 5, 2020 11:00 AM

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Virtual Church – Online

Scriptures include: Psalm 145: 8-14 and Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled, “A Tale of Two Churches”

Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities says, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” The Gospel of Matthew says, “We played the flute for you and you did not dance, we wailed, and you did not mourn.” When Christianity began, it looked nothing like the religion people had always known, and in fact looked different even from John the Baptist’s announcement of the Messiah to Jesus of Nazareth’s life and teachings. We try and try to make Christianity a monolith, our church one kind of church. But the truth is that Jesus calls us beyond those ways in which we try to limit God’s message through Christ. There are many different ways, and we must be open to them all or we are missing the point.

As we embark on a new venture of “The Open Church” – an outdoor, casual service where we invite anyone to come, I think we’re headed in the direction of God’s wider, more expansive kingdom. But it means setting aside some of our preconceived notions about what church is – because even Jesus Christ can’t catch a break! (Here in our text it says Jesus was “a glutton, drunkard, friend of tax collectors and sinners.”) But Wisdom teaches us that following Jesus doesn’t just look one way. And this small iteration of the Church universal and First Baptist Church, the one outside on the grass in jeans and shorts, may look different and may seem like a whole different church – but it’s one that stretches as Matthew tells us to in our text today. And when we lean into it, we can be released from our weariness and rest (trust) in God’s plans for our witness in Martinsville and Henry County. I’m excited. Are you?

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Giving of our Resources

Please continue to give generously to the ministries of our church, even as we cannot meet in person each week. You can give online here or mail / drop off your tithes and offerings to the church office. Your gifts help us to continue to offer ministry to our church members through virtual church services, Bible studies, ministry to the community, and more.

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!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Join Us for a Service of Worship

Sunday, June 28, 2020 11:00 AM

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Virtual Church – Online

Scriptures include: Psalm 89:1-4,15-18 and Matthew 10:40-42

Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled, “Sent and Welcomed”

In our Gospel lesson for this week, Jesus tells the disciples that they are being sent to tell the Good News of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection. But, he says, it won’t always be a welcome story that’s received well. Sometimes, though, they will be welcomed with great hospitality: those who offer even a cup of cold water to these disciples will receive a blessing from God. I wonder what this text might mean for us as we learn how to best be on mission in the world, outside of our church building’s walls, where our faith won’t always be welcomed, where we might even find resistance to it. I also wonder what it means for us as we open our doors to those who are only just learning about Christianity, who want to share in faith with us – and might even have something new to teach us about faith. Will we offer the kind of hospitality Jesus expects of us?

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Giving of our Resources

Please continue to give generously to the ministries of our church, even as we cannot meet in person each week. You can give online here or mail / drop off your tithes and offerings to the church office. Your gifts help us to continue to offer ministry to our church members through virtual church services, Bible studies, ministry to the community, and more.

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!

Hal Prillaman Funeral Service June 23, 2020

A Service of Worship and Remembrance

Haller G. Prillaman

June 25, 1933 – June 11, 2020

Thank you for your virtual attendance and care given to this family through cards, letters, and phone calls in this time of physical distancing.

The family has asked that Memorial donations be given to the First Baptist Church ELC Scholarship fund: First Baptist Church ELC, 23 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, VA 24112.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Join Us for a Service of Worship

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.

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Giving of our Resources

Please continue to give generously to the ministries of our church, even as we cannot meet in person each week. You can give online here or mail / drop off your tithes and offerings to the church office. Your gifts help us to continue to offer ministry to our church members through virtual church services, Bible studies, ministry to the community, and more.

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!

Father’s Day

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.

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