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Worship Guide for Sunday March 29

 Worship Guide for Sunday, March 29


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Midweek Update 
 Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Dear Church Family,                                                                                                            
As many of you have seen on our website (www.trinitybaptistamarillo.org), for at least the next three weeks our church will worship online via a livestream of our worship service, rather than gather physically to worship. You can access this livestream on our church’s website or through our church’s Facebook page (Sunday mornings at 10am). While this was a difficult decision, we believe that it is important to submit to the requests of our local government, as well as our president and other governmental agencies, in order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19.

Through much prayer and in consultation with our Ministry Staff and Church Council, we have cancelled all church programs, on campus meetings and gatherings, and other church sponsored activities at least through Saturday, April 11. While the situation concerning the coronavirus is ever changing, our prayer is that we will be able to physically gather for worship on Resurrection Sunday, April 12. We encourage you to visit the website regularly for additional information.

In the meantime, recall that in Peter’s first epistle, he reminds believers that the church is a living organism made up of living stones. He tells us that we are chosen and precious in God’s sight - living stones who are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (2:4-5). In other words, Peter is telling us who we are and what we are to do as followers of Christ. As God’s chosen and loved ones, we are to offer the spiritual sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving to our Great God.

As God’s people, Peter tells us that we have received mercy, that we no longer walk in the darkness of sin, but in the marvelous light of His presence (2:9-10).  What a promise! What hope! This is hope that the world needs right now – and God calls us to proclaim His excellencies (2:10), to Proclaim Christ.  I want to encourage you to engage in spiritual conversations with people. People are asking questions and expressing concern. You have opportunity to give comfort and hope.

Peter goes on remind us that we are sojourners and exiles (2:11). Since this world is not our home – since we are just passing through - our values and hopes must be different from the rest of the world. As followers of Jesus, we need to filter the news and the headlines through what we know to be true of our God. The things that drive this world crazy and cause widespread anxiety should create a different response in us. Because our God is in control, instead of worry, we should pray; Instead of judging, we should be merciful; Instead of hoarding, we should be generous; Instead of being fearful, we should walk by faith, keeping our conduct honorable before God and people, living in good deeds for the glory of God (2:12).

People are watching. People are looking for hope. Let’s do everything we can to point people to Jesus, the only sure foundation and only hope for this world. And by the way, as important as it is to physically gather for worship and encouragement, while we are unable to gather, notice that we don’t have to be gathered to offer spiritual sacrifice, to proclaim Christ to the world, to keep our hope in God, and to live in good deeds for His glory! We are the Church. Live as the Church! 
Pressing On.. 
Pastor Nate

Watch the video message from Pastor Nate here: https://www.trinitybaptistamarillo.org/covid-19 .

Reading Through the Bible in 2020
In 2020, we want to challenge you to make reading the Bible a top priority. To help facilitate this, we are going to read through the Bible together. If you need a copy of our reading plan for the entire year, contact Kelly in the church office at 806.372.2421.
March Scripture Memory: Galatians 5:22-26

Mother's Day Out Registration
Registration for the 2020-2021 Mother's Day Out program begins on Tuesday, March 31. For more information contact our Mother's Day Out director, Helen Rich, at 806.681.2984.

All Wednesday Activities have been cancelled for the time being .

Missions Spotlight 
This week’s Missions Spotlight is to briefly update you on what is happening with 2020 mission trips.  I’m not going to restate all that is being said about the effects of CoVid-19 on TBC ministries.  However, in light of missions, the following things are going on: 
The HS student’s spring break trip to Cincinnati, OH was cancelled. 
Here is what is happening going forward:

Israel in April – a team of six members was going to Israel in April on a vision trip to meet with specific groups of Christians.  The purpose was to see where TBC can pursue future ministry opportunities.  This trip has been cancelled.

Cuba in May – Nate and Daniel were scheduled for a trip to Cuba with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention on a vision trip for a possible partnership with a local church in Cuba.  This trip has been cancelled.

Thailand and Taiwan in June and July – teams are scheduled to travel back to Thailand and Taiwan to conduct English Camps with children and college students, and lead ministry with families living abroad.  These trips are still active, but no tickets will be purchased before the end of April.  The International Mission Board is speaking into planning for volunteer missions teams, and we expect an update from them in mid-April.  Should circumstances remain unstable, including risks associated with the virus and travel restrictions/bans, we will cancel the trips.  As of now, we wait and see.

Peru in July – our annual mission trip to Peru is still active.  However, we are in a wait and see mode here as well.  Time is a little more on our side for this trip, so we will watch and see.  Decisions will be considered around the end of May.

Finally – Cuba in October/November is much like Peru, except we have still more time to wait before making a call.  Of course, the Cuba information meeting scheduled for next week has been cancelled.

In all of these endeavors, let us pray for Gods hand to be upon us.  Beginning with the spring break trip that was cancelled, let’s remember The Oaks Church in Cincinnati, and ask God to bless this church body as they seek to reach others for the Gospel.  For the Asian trips – time is short before we have to say yay or nay; pray for wisdom.  Also, pray for our friends on the field with whom we serve – the Blackhursts and Bohnerts, as they seek to be faithful engaging Taiwanese and Thai people for the sake of the Kingdom.  Pray for the organizers of the conference for families living abroad – that families will be cared for in a mighty way, whether they are able to come together or not.  Pray for Peru and Cuba, for our contacts AND for pastors and church leaders to whom we provide training. 

Blessings my friends!


Prayer Guide
How can you pray?
Remember the words of Paul to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:7 "For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." With that in mind pray along the following lines:
God is sovereign and in control of everything. We know he uses all things for his glory. To that end, pray that through this outbreak the Gospel would advance and men, women, and children would be saved.

Pray for wisdom for government and medical leaders as they respond to this outbreak. Pray that they would put others interest ahead of their own, and they would respond wisely and appropriately. Pray for medical personnel who are treating the sick. Pray for their safety and health as they work tirelessly to serve others.  Pray for those who are considered high risk: Seniors, those with pre-existing medical conditions, those with compromised immune systems, etc. Pray they would be wise in their precautions and protected from illness. Pray for Christians all over the world to respond this situation with faith and not fear. 

What can you do to grow spiritually?
While we cannot gather together this is still an opportunity for you to continue to move forward in your journey with Christ. Here are a few things you can do. Read your Bible! Continue with the Bible reading plan we are going through as a church. 
Pray. Gather your family and worship together. Use wisdom, but stay connected to our church family. We will also be posting resources in the coming days and weeks that will help you as we seek Christ together even when we can't be together.