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- 9:00 a.m. - Bridge Service
- 11:00 a.m. - Traditional Service
Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 8:30 a.m.
Brothers and Sisters,
The session met last night to discuss reopening Young Meadows and believes the Lord is leading us to target Sunday, June 7 as a potential date for reopening. The elders will meet the week before June 7 to reassess the situation and evaluate this target date.
As I’ve witnessed before in these discussions, the elders' decision was guided by love for the flock, as opposed to a lack of faith in their Shepherd. There is a concern that with the loosening of restrictions (which went in place this past Monday) that we could potentially see an increase in exposure. The elders did not want to risk exposing members before we were able to see what impact the loosening of restrictions had on the community. We will continue meeting through livestream for worship and Sunday School classes, as well as small groups through Zoom.
Please know we continue to pray for you all, and we’d welcome your prayers for the officers and staff. The elders, deacons, and staff have been in discussions for the past two weeks about all of the logistics for when we do reassemble. I will send those details out to you as we draw closer to reopening.
Saturday, March 20, 2020 - 2:15 p.m.
“How long O Lord?” (Psalm 13:1) I don’t know if you’ve found yourself asking David's question of the Lord these past days. How long O Lord will this world continue to be impacted by the Coronavirus? How long will more and more people die at its hands? How long O Lord will our country be in upheaval? How long O Lord will we be forced to stay inside? How long O Lord will the economy be halted and my income be affected? Even as we wrestle as David did, may we also rest as David did in Psalm 13:4: but I have trusted in your steadfast love. My heart shall rejoice in your salvation. May we sink down in to HIs committed steadfast love towards His saints. May the thoughts of God’s judgment vanish as we rejoice in His salvation.
Our hope tomorrow is be reminded of His steadfast love as we have opportunity to worship. Part of what made Christianity so distinct from other religions in the first century is that Christ affirmed a worship that was not bound to a physical location. We of course long to be with one another as we make up the temple, but we have invitation to worship Christ even in the confines of our own living room. We’d invite you to join us tomorrow for worship, with the Bridge Service at 9:00 am and the Traditional Service at 11:00 am.
- To livestream on your computer, tablet or mobile phone at 9:00 a.m.(Bridge) and 11:00 a.m.(Traditional) tomorrow, clink on this link: http://ympcaorg.yourstreamlive.com/
If you cannot join us live, you can watch a replay of either service later by clicking on the same link.
- If you’d like to consider online giving, you can go to our website, www.youngmeadows.org , and select Give to YMPC in the top right hand corner. Additionally, you may mail a check to the church address (5780 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, AL 36116)
- Please continue with your Rooted Devotional! One member commented this week: “The sovereign love of Christ for His Church at YM! For the congregation to be scattered in all corners of our city and community and to be reading, seeking, praying through each day the same passages of His word and listening together!”
Lastly, no matter your age or marital status, if we can help serve you in any way, please know we stand ready. Deacons and members are available to any members that may need a grocery run or any other assistance.
Yours for the Faith,
Saturday, March 13, 2020 - 12:45 p.m.
After communication with elders, deacons, and medical personnel, we have decided to cancel all church events through Sunday, March 22 in response to the current coronavirus situation. This includes Sunday services, Sunday School, officer training, small groups, Dominoes, mid-week prayer group and rehearsals, Thursday men’s bible study, as well as any outside groups who might use our facilities. We want you to know that wisdom and prudence governs this decision and not worry and panic. If we can help limit exposure of the virus on the front end, then we very well may help limit its extent on the back end.
Please note the following:
1. President Trump has called for a National Day of Prayer tomorrow. We’d encourage observance of this day of prayer, even encouraging the prayer during the time that you would normally attend service.
2. We’ve prepared a devotional from Psalm 131 (see below). Please use it for your personal devotion time or for a family devotion in lieu of corporate worship. The questions from this devotional will be posted on our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram) for congregants to comment on throughout the week.
3. Church staff have the option of working from home this week. If you have general questions, feel free to email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have more pressing questions, you can phone Jennifer Holtsford directly at 398-2444. For any personal matters or shepherding needs, please don’t hesitate to call me at 652-1316.
4. Deacons stand ready to assist members with any needs, especially the elderly or immune deficient who may need help with such items as grocery pickup and delivery.
5. If you are a regular giver during worship, you can continue to be faithful with your giving to YMPC by mailing a check to the church, or by clicking here to give online.
We will continue to update you through the website and email throughout the week. Thanks for your flexibility during these uncertain times. Despite the uncertainty I’m mindful of question 1 of the Heidelberg catechism. What is your only comfort in life and death? "That I am not my own but belong with body and soul, both in life and death, to my faithful savior Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from all the power of the devil. He also preserves me in such a way that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, all things must work together for my salvation. Therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life and makes me heartily willing and ready henceforth to live for Him.”
Jay Joye on behalf of the Session
Devotional for Sunday, March 15, 2020
1 O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.
3 O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forevermore.
1. The inscription of this psalm notes: A Song of Ascents. Of David. Recall when a song of ascent was to be sung. Think through David’s life and recall as many examples as you can of times when David would have been tempted to fear and worry.
2. There are generally two extremes in approaching a situation beyond our control: indifferent stoicism or irrational panic. Which do you find yourself gravitating towards? Why do we gravitate to these 2 responses? What would a healthy response look like?
3. V. 1 indicates that David has done some soul-searching, leading us to do some soulsearching of our own. Some have said that fear results when something you desire is being threatened. (here are four foundational desires: control, approval, comfort, and achievement- for example, people may worship money for any of those reasons.) How might the coronavirus situation threaten people’s desires, therefore resulting in fear? Work through each of the four desires.
4. What image does David use in v. 2 to capture his trust in God? How is that image a perfect analogy? What process does a child physically have to go through? What process does a child of God spiritually have to go through?
5. In v. 3, David urges hope. This word in Hebrew means: “to wait for an extended period of time, implying a hope of resolution to some situation.” How long do you have to wait before you start to feel hopeless? What would lead David to such a hope? Why should a believer this side of the cross be even more hopeful?
6. Think through Christ’s life and recall as many examples of times when He would have been tempted to fear and worry. How does He respond in hope?
7. Throughout the gospels, we see Jesus willing to enter into situations that would have caused others great discomfort. Recall some of those situations. How does Christ’s willingness to enter into these situations comfort you as you consider him being willing
to engage in your life, even your anxieties and fears?
8. How might the current situation lead us to adoration of God? How might it lead us to a confession of sin? How might it lead us to thanksgiving? What would a healthy prayer request be at this time?
9. The current situation gives us an opportunity to give a reason for the hope that is within us. (1 Peter 3:15) How we might we respond to others who are struggling for answers during this uncertain time? What things do they need to hear?
10. What would it look like for believers to be salt and light during this current situation?