Celebrate With Us:
As I write this, so much has changed in such a short time in regards to the world around us and how we worship and serve Christ. Yet, God calls us to give thanks in all circumstances, so that is exactly what we are going to do! Prior to moving away from our corporate worship gatherings, our church was in great rhythm of inviting and welcoming new guests. One Sunday we had 19 first or second-time guests! We have been able to celebrate God’s work in you to care for one another deeply, which has carried over into this new season. You all are making meals for another, buying groceries, offering up childcare, helping meet financial needs, and rising up to meet whatever other needs are shared. Praise God for His work in this Church! Finally, let’s celebrate in advance that God will soon overcome this virus, that His work through it will be accomplished, and we will again get to gather again as a church body. What a day that will be!
Partner With Us:
While our normal calendar has been altered, we are inviting you all to partner with us in new ways. First, let us continue to worship in this season. If you are able, gather together with one of our Home Churches. If you are unable, worship in your home by watching the sermons posted online or contacting the church office so we can send you a CD recording of the service. Secondly, let us continue to grow in this season. Spend some of your extra time in God’s Word, devote yourself to prayer, and spend time discussing the study questions for the sermons. Finally, partner with us by continuing to serve and make disciples. Reach out to call and care for fellow church members, send encouraging notes to our shut-ins, invite your neighbors over for a meal, and always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that you have!
Pray With Us:
In this season we are inviting you to pray in several ways. First, pray that the Lord’s will would be done in this season, whatever that may be. Pray for the faithfulness of churches in this time to continue to worship, grow, and be sent out to make disciples. Pray for our church to continue to live in light of the gospel in whatever ways we are able to. Pray for the salvation of many in this time, not just here in Muscatine, but all around the world as this virus afflicts many parts of the world. Pray for our leaders, both in government positions and in churches, to make wise decisions and lead humbly as we display our trust in God. Pray for God’s victory over this virus and for his sustaining grace while we yearn for that day. Pray for our health workers while they are on the front lines. Pray for those inflicted with this virus, and for protection for those who would be most vulnerable to it. Pray for comfort for those who have already lost loved ones. Finally, pray for God’s provision for those who have or will lose jobs or income during the protective measures that are being put in place.
We love you all, and eagerly await the day when we will see you all face to face again! Until then, let’s continue to be faithful in living in light of the gospel!
First Baptist Elder Team