The Weekly Epistle 3/25/20

Well, Sunday’s worship was quite interesting.  That was a first for me.  It was awkward for me at first, not to mention seeing myself on the big screen.  Honestly, it didn’t take me that long at all to settle in. I think the reading of Psalm 33 had something to do with that.  Interestingly, Psalm 33 was the Psalm chosen for our Fellowship of Prayer Night that was postponed, so the Lord definitely had my attention.  
 
Sunday’s virtual worship caused me to think about my understanding of worship.  What is worship?  When someone says, “I love the worship at our church,” likely they mean, “I loved the songs we sing or the church’s style of worship.”  When worship wars were a thing (and it stills shows its head at times) the debate was over style and preferences.  
 
In a previous church where I served, one Sunday I chose to lead our service without any music.  A couple of people got wind of this prior to that Sunday and questioned if it could even be done. One of them thought it meant I was going to preach for the entire hour.  Someone else wondered if it was even worth getting out of bed on that Sunday.  I think they showed up out of curiosity.  But see, we have limited worship to singing.  
 
You might have heard me say on a Sunday morning when it came time to preach, “We now continue in our worship as we look at God’s Word.”  Preaching is worship!  Giving of our monies is worship.  Prayer is worship.  Reading of Scripture is worship.  Time of reflection is worship.  Sharing around the Lord’s table is worship.  And yes!  Singing is worship!
 
We worshipped Sunday from our living rooms, across the Lakes Region and beyond.  
 
Listen to these words from the writer of Hebrews in chapter 13, verse 15-16.  “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess His name. And do not neglect to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” 
 
Those two verses begin and end with the word “sacrifice.” Of course, sacrifice reaches back to the Old Testament sacrifices which were at the center of their worship.  Those sacrifices were in response to the worth of God and that He had made Himself known to them.  
In the same way, church, we respond to God.  He has made Himself known to us through the person of Jesus Christ who gave His life as a sacrifice for our redemption.  We respond to Him with our lips that confess His name- through singing, praying, reading His word, aligning our lives with His will, and through doing good and sharing with others. Again, our thoughts of worship are expanded.  Don’t neglect to do good. Share what you have. Such sacrifices are pleasing to God. That’s worship! 
 
In such a time as this, church, worship Him- enjoy Him, be satisfied in Him above all earthly things, treasure God, reflect on His worth, value time alone in His presence.  And may that content, restful, joyful satisfaction in Him overflow in acts of love toward others.  
 
Blessings to you, church.  

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Getting Right After You’ve Done Wrong”
2 Samuel 12 & Psalm 51

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Wednesdays In The Word
“A Purpose Runs Through It”

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

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 either corianne@ebclaconia.com or call 603-731-8083

Community Groups

We are working on using Zoom as a way for us to meet within our Community Groups. This should be available by next week. Please contact your facilitator for more information.

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 

EBC Live Stream 3/22/20

Here’s the link for this week’s live stream:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD8q42jzmFc

If the above link doesn’t work for one reason or another, then please visit this link to the churches youtube channel, where you can all videos including are archive: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWrlIOJRALM8D24BmJDTwYA 

You can download a copy of this week’s worship guide (lyrics and scriptures) by clicking on this link:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qVq3R5QznuzxVq-hnSPxGiKMUTfDISmI/view

 
 
 

The Weekly Epistle 3/18/20

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
 Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
 
Dear EBC Family, 
 
We often seek peace and joy and fail to find them. We often fail to find them because we are often searching in the wrong place. We cry out to Jesus, saying, “Lord, why won’t you give me peace? Why won’t you give me joy?” And his silent response asks with clairvoyant conviction, “Why won’t you seek me?”
 
COVID-19 is disrupting our lives. If I have learned anything in my 33-year journey of faith, it is this, Jesus uses disruptions to draw us towards what matters most, Himself. By disruption, Jesus removes the distractions and says, “Follow Me.” Please don’t waist this pandemic. Please don’t suppress fear and anxiety simply by binge-watching Netflix. Please don’t hunker down just to endure this trial. Jesus has already proclaimed, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15)
 
Turn to Jesus at this time. With him, you will find the peace and joy you seek.
 
Here are a few updates concerning the body life of EBC during this time…

ALL ON AND OFF CAMPUS ACTIVITIES ARE ON HIATUS
There will be no onsite services or activities hosted at or by EBC for at least the next two weeks, including all services, activities, and community groups.
 
REMOTE WORSHIP
Sunday morning services will be posted online every Sunday by 10:45 AM and will include both the ministry of music and the Word. 
 
WEDNESDAYS IN THE WORD
A Bible teaching from Pastor Brian will be posted online each Wednesday evening. 
 
DAILY REFLECTIONS
Starting next week, we will distribute a weekly prayer guide with daily meditations to support you in your journey of faith.
 
VIRTUAL COMMUNITY GROUPS
Plans are underway to continue Community Groups via Zoom, an online video conferencing system. Zoom is similar to FaceTime or Google Hangouts. Stay tuned for more information.
 
ONLINE AND MAIIL-IN GIVING
You can continue to give online at laconiachurch.com, or you can mail checks to 50 Washington Street, Laconia, NH 03246. If you have any questions about remote giving, please contact the office at office@ebclaconia.com
 
 
OFFICE HOURS
The office will remain active at this time, but all employees will be working primarily from home. Please contact Corianne via email (corianne@ebclaconia.com) or mobile (603-731-8083) if you need assistance from the office.
 
MARRIAGE CONFERENCE
The marriage conference has been postponed. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t work on your marriage during this time. We will be rescheduling for a later date to be determined. Paul Trip has several excellent online resources available. Check him out on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pdtripp) and his webpage, paultripp.com.
 
PRAYER
Please continue to share prayer requests online with the private EBC Facebook Group (shorturl.at/aglMR) or via email at office@ebclaconia.com.
 
That’s all we have for you now. Please be patient as we adjust to this new way of doing church. We will continue to be in contact.

Please continue to pray for Pastor Brian and Donna as they are traveling for a funeral. 

Grace & Peace, 
 
Pastor Dan

 

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Less Than a Perfect King

2 Samuel 1-12

Last Sunday’s Sermon

OnGoal

Save the date for this year’s OnGoal Soccer Camp! 
June 23-27