Hey there! We're glad you found your way to this. If you're here, it must mean that you're looking to find a Sunday morning worship service from First Baptist Church Cranbrook. Well you've come to the right place!
Full disclaimer: crafting an online service, it's something we have never done before. It took a while to figure out, as a staff, what we were even capable of creating. So, with a bunch of ideas floating out there, some borrowed equipment, some passionate volunteers, and a little bit of "Google-ing".......here we are.
So what exactly is "this"? It's a self-directed, online church service. As you scroll down the site you will be offered readings, instructions, songs and a message. Depending on what your family dynamics are, it might look like sitting down by yourself and working through each section. It might look like you gathering together with your spouse and kids and singing songs together in front of the computer screen. It might look like listening to the message via our podcast as you putter around the house catching up on spring cleaning. Whatever you do, and however you do it, we hope that you can participate in a way that contributes to the goodness of yourself and/or your family. We encourage you to read together, to sing out loud, and to know that others connected to your church community are doing the same!
As the weeks go on, and as we learn from our experience and your feedback, the way this looks will change. I (Matthew) have personally been thinking about what our church can offer in an online service in terms of content verses experience. This service, today, is mostly content based. We are providing a bunch of "stuff" and you work through it by your own motivation. I've been thinking about a way we can offer an experience. Maybe like a live-streaming of a church service where you only have to click on one thing and the service unfolds.
Just an idea.
For now...take a moment...take a breath...and then click on this video of Pastor Kevin welcoming you in:
Praise & Worship!
We have been looking into ways to set up online giving, or through an app for some time now. There are many, MANY, options for this, with their own advantages and drawbacks. We are hoping (and, in fact, are already trying) to set up something soon. Currently the easiest, automated way to give to FBC Cranbrook is through EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer). Our office admin would be able to set that up for you if you drop by the office during business hours with a void cheque (9-3 Tuesday/Thursday and 9-12 Wednesday/Friday).
Read through this. Out loud. Slowly. Ponder the words. Read them again. Let it soak in.
Romans 8: 31-39
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord
(If you are meeting as a family, explain steps 1 and 2. Then pray aloud for those people as well as steps 3-6)
1. Please take a few moments to be silent.
2. As you are silent bring to mind people that you know that are sick at this time.
They could be people who live with health concerns or mental illness (anxiety or depression).
3. Pray for them. Pray also for our leaders in government and our health care workers.
4. Pray for opportunities you might have to serve or encourage others.
5. Pray for people and business where their work is in jeopardy because of the present pandemic.
6. At then end of your prayer time, pray aloud the Lord's Prayer.
We normally distribute our messages via our podcast and this Sunday is no exception. Aaron took some time to record it this week and it is here for you below.
Thank you for joining us in whatever capacity you were able to. As we go out into the next week, and look forward for what comes together for next weeks service, we leave you with this:
Go out into the world (or stay in your home) in peace. Be brave; keep hold of what is good; never pay back wrong, encourage the faint-hearted; support the weak and the distressed; give due honour to everyone. Be always joyful; pray continually give thanks whatever happens, for this is what God in Christ wills for you. Amen.