The Weekly Epistle 4/15/20

Life is rather interesting at times.  At 1:20 AM on resurrection Sunday Noelle Temperance was born to Mark and Heather Dube.  And shortly after 3 AM Ann Marsden, my wife’s mom, passed into glory.  Within two hours of each other a new life entered this world and another one left.  
 
Have you ever heard about the post Easter blues?  In my world when that is said among a room full of pastors, heads nod.  We get this.  It has been said that Easter is a pastor’s Super Bowl.  I don’t know if that makes sense to you at all, but trust me, the post Easter blues is a thing among pastors anyway.  You add to that losing a loved one this past weekend, being in week 5 of the quarantine, and waking up to a rainy Monday, didn’t help matters.  
 
A pastor was asked how things are going and he answered, “Not bad under the circumstances.”  To which his fellow pastor replied, “What are you doing under the circumstances?”  Church, I want to live above the circumstances.  I am not suggesting living in denial or to be out of touch with reality.  But the highlight of our faith is the celebration of our risen Christ on Easter Sunday.  We have the power of the Risen Christ living in us!  Easter Sunday isn’t a day it is a lifestyle.  
 
In preparation for this Sunday’s sermon, I was reading about the prophet Elijah in I Kings 18.  In that scene in I Kings 18, that we will touch on this Sunday, Elijah was on the mountaintop- both literally and metaphorically.  He prayed down fire from heaven, showed up some false prophets and their false gods, outran a chariot, called out to God for some rain and rain fell.  You talk about a spiritual high.  Elijah put all he had into his Easter Sunday.  I doubt my spiritual and physical workload come close to matching Elijah’s. 
 
Do you know what happened next for Elijah?  We won’t be looking at it this Sunday, but in the very next chapter, Elijah hits an all-time low.  You talk about post-Easter blues?  We find Elijah at a most awkward moment where he is very, very human.  I Kings 19 is very instructive for us.  
 
First God takes care of Elijah physically.  God comes to Him through an angel and doesn’t say, “Elijah, shape up.”  He gives him a good night’s sleep and a good meal.  Make sure you take care of your physical needs.  
 
Secondly, learn to vent your frustrations upward.  God seems to allow Elijah to blow off some steam and share his frustrations with Him.  He draws Elijah out with a question as to what is going on.  Going to the God who can actually do something about our situation makes the most sense.
 
Thirdly, find God in not only the spectacular but also in the ordinary, gentle whispers. We love the resurrection!  We love the spectacular.  Don’t miss seeing Him because He is coming to you in a way that is different than you expect.  Don’t put God into a box.  He wants to show up in your life.  In your discouragement.  In your fears.  In your despondency.  In your pessimism.  Can you see His presence?  Can you hear His still small voice in the ordinary, in the unspectacular, in the mundane?  God still speaks in a still small voice through His word to you.  Are you listening for his still small voice?  How is He speaking to your soul at this time?   
 
Blessings to you, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

The Wisest Fool and The Split
I Kings 10-18

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Wednesdays In The Word
Here, There, and Everywhere
Psalm 139 (part 2)

Join Pastor Brian Wednesday evenings at 7pm. 
A video will be available on Facebook, our You Tube channel and our website. 

Food Drive

Thank you to all who helped support the food drive this past weekend. This was a success!

EBC Facebook Page and Email List

If you are not currently on our EBC Bulletin Board on Facebook or receiving our communications via email, please contact Corianne at corianne@ebclaconia.com 

Community Groups

We are now hosting community groups via Zoom. Please contact your facilitator if you have not already been set up with this app. 
If you are not currently involved with a community group, please contact Tim Whitman tawhitman@liberty.edu and get plugged in!

Giving

You can continue to give either online on our website www.laconiachurch.com and clicking on the green Give button or by mailing your checks to the office. 50 Washington St Laconia, NH 03246

Prayer and Praise

If you have any prayer requests or needs, please email Corianne at: corianne@ebclaconia.com 

The Weekly Epistle 4/8/20

Pastor Dan and I miss being with you on Sunday mornings.  I mean, the technology is great and I am thankful that we can stay in touch and have our worship service and the various teachings from God’s word online, but being with you is much better.  I cannot wait to see you face to face.  I cannot wait to be in the church building again on Sundays.  I cannot wait to connect with you over a meal, at the office, between services, praying together, laughing together, catching up on each other’s lives.  I miss that!  I miss you!  And I know Dan feels the same way!
 
Well, church, this is going to be one different Easter season.  We will be having a Good Friday service this Friday evening at 7:00pm, so be sure to tune in at 7.  We will have a time of communion, so have a wafer, a cracker, a piece of bread, something to remember the body of our Lord with and some juice or perhaps you have no problem with a little wine, something to drink in remembrance of our Savior’s sacrificial death on the cross that paid the penalty of our sin.  Although it won’t be the same as getting together, it is important that we pause during the most significant week for believers to remember the suffering of our Lord.  
 
I hope you are following along in the Daily Reflections.  This is the third week we have made that tool available for you and for this week the theme is on Holy Week.  Be sure to download that.  
 
Again, I will bring some teaching from the Bible in our Wednesdays in the Word this Wednesday night at 7.  We will be looking at Psalm 139.  Let me say something about the video feed taking place.  God is using this platform to get His word out. Personally, I am hearing from people outside of our church who are being touched by the spoken word.  The impact of His word is far reaching in such a time as this.  And it is His word that is attached with the promise of not returning to Him void but will accomplish the purpose for which he sent it (see Isaiah 55).  Praise God!
 
Praise God also for the many ways the church is being the church during this time.  Phone calls are being made to the elderly, community groups and elders are meeting viz zoom, Easter bags are being prepared for our kiddos this week, and you are making yourself available to help financially and in other practical ways.  Thank you!
 
Let me give you one example.  Rumor has it (and this one is true) that someone from our church wasn’t able to access the sermons online.  In an act of kindness, someone else who could access the sermon, played the sermon through their phone to the other person’s phone and voila they heard the sermon.  How beautiful is that!
 
I leave you with this thought.  David Mathis executive editor of Desiring God ministries said this, “Jesus’ step-by-step journey to Golgotha is a glowing revelation of the extent of His love.”
 
Ephesians 3, verses 16-19 says this, “according to the riches of His glory he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
 
Celebrate and remember Holy week- not because you must, but because you get to.  

Blessings!
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Open
John 20:19-23

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Wednesdays In The Word
God Knows
Psalm 139 (part 1)

Join Pastor Brian Wednesday evenings at 7pm. 
A video will be available on Facebook, our You Tube channel and our website. 

Good Friday Service

Join us Friday evening at 7pm on our Youtube channel as we come together to celebrate Good Friday and share together in Communion.

EBC Kids Easter Bags

EBC Kids, we have put together Easter bags for you! You may come and pick up your family’s Easter bag (ages 0-5th grade) in the church parking lot at these times:
  • Wednesday, April 8th, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 9th, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 11th, from 12:00 – 2:00 PM
If you would please let us know which day you plan to pick up your bag, we would appreciate it!

Food Drive

We are hosting a food drive 4/10 from 3pm-6pm and 4/11 9am-12pm & 3pm-6pm. All donations will benefit the Christ Life Center Food Pantry at LR Vineyard Church. 
All non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at EBC in the parking lot

EBC Facebook Page and Email List

If you are not currently on our EBC Bulletin Board on Facebook or receiving our communications via email, please contact Corianne at corianne@ebclaconia.com 

Community Groups

We are now hosting community groups via Zoom. Please contact your facilitator if you have not already been set up with this app. 
If you are not currently involved with a community group, please contact Tim Whitman tawhitman@liberty.edu and get plugged in!

Giving

You can continue to give either online on our website www.laconiachurch.com and clicking on the green Give button or by mailing your checks to the office. 50 Washington St Laconia, NH 03246

Prayer and Praise

If you have any prayer requests or needs, please email Corianne at: corianne@ebclaconia.com