Over the past few weeks, I have been reading a book by Francis Chan titled, Letters to the Church.
The book takes a deep dive into the current state of the church and seeks to remind us how powerful, how glorious the church once was...and calls us to be once again the church God intended us to be.
I thought I would share a brief excerpt with you...
"You are part of something much bigger than yourself, something sacred. Through Jesus' sacrifice you have been joined to His Church. Because of this, you are not only a part of God's sacred temple but also a part of the heavenly community.
Take some time to read Revelation 4-5 as it describes the scene in heaven. This section begins with a majestic picture of God on His throne. The scene is busy and intense: the four living creatures are declaring His holiness, the seven spirits of God are blazing, myriads of angels are praising Jesus with loud voices, and the twenty-four elders are flat on their faces while laying crowns before Him. Then in Revelation 5:8, we finally appear." (Read it for yourself)
There you are! Did you see it? Those are your prayers in the bowl of incense! Isn't that awesome? We get to be a part of this unbelievable scene!
What is a tremendous, unspeakable honor may feel insufficient for those who are used to being god of their own blogs and twitter accounts. It feels insignificant to those who have erected their own shrines on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, filled with beautiful pictures and videos of themselves.
Gathering with the church should lead us to holy ground. You get to come and worship Someone else, with someone else. You get to pour out love to Him by serving those around you and considering them more important than yourself. It's not about you. And you are glad it's not about you. Because this is something far greater than you. It is sacred."
Join us online this Sunday at 10:00am, for a "sacred" gathering of God's church as we worship our Lord and Savior. Larry Annes will be speaking on our need to keep God in sight and to run into his arms, allowing Him to bring us peace, hope and love, especially during this season of unrest.
As always, you can access our online service by going to our webpage, www.parksidefellowship.org. Once you are on our home page, simply scroll down to where you see "SCHEDULE". You can then click on either the "streaming on youtube" or "streaming on facebook" and you will be automatically directed to the service.
After the service, please join us at 11:00am for our "after-church" zoom gathering.
There are two ways for you to join us on zoom.
1. Set up a zoom account prior to the meeting. Open the attachment below and follow the instructions for setting up your zoom account. We have included step-by-step visuals. Please allow 10 minutes to set up your account. Once your account is set-up, simply join us by clicking on the meeting link Sunday at 11:00am. Here is the link. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84196749573
2. Click on the link below, approximately 5 minutes prior to the meeting and follow the prompts in order to install the application. Here is the link for you to click on. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84196749573
NOTE: I have set-up this meeting so the link above will be the same link EVERY Sunday.
Finally, thank you for being a church that prays!
"See" you Sunday.
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor