402 Park Road Fayette, MO 65240 ‭(660) 248-3486‬ pastor@shlcfayettemo.com Worship: Sundays 10:00 AM Bible Study Sundays 9:00 AM, Wednesdays 6:30 PM

Resumption of Services

We will be having services beginning on Sunday, May 10th. The elders and I have had a few discussions about the best way to proceed with opening the church back up for services. We have reviewed the directions from the district as well and have come up with the following items:

  1. Anyone planning to attend should be symptom free and not considered “at-risk.”
  2. Please enter the church only through the doors upstairs. We will have someone opening the doors in order to limit contact.
  3. We will be removing the hymnals from the pews for the time being and will have the worship service printed out. Please grab one on your way in.
  4. Families should practice the recommended six feet of physical distancing. Do not sit directly behind another family.
  5. The offering plate will be at the entrance to the Nave.
  6. There should be no shaking of hands or physical contact.

We will also be doing the following for the Lord’s Supper

  1. The preparation of the Lord’s Supper will be performed by pastor.
  2. Pastor will wash his hands prior to distribution.
  3. We will practice physical distancing of families and ask that you only stand at the communion rail and refrain from touching it.

We will continue to make the Matins service podcast available.

Who Do We Worship?

We are a small congregation that struggles with finances and the desire to have more people in attendance each week. We’ve been told that we are too rigid in our theology, we’re not keeping up with the rest of the world. If you’d only do this or that thing, we would grow as a congregation.

My response has always been that numbers aren’t everything. We are called to be faithful, faithful to God and His Word. And that Word stands firm forever. It doesn’t change with the winds of the world.

So when I came across this post from Father Hollywood, I thought it was worth linking. Here’s a bit to whet your appetite:

Part of the article consists of a pastor’s bragging about how many people attend his congregation, including one instance where 500 showed up for a "baptism bash" and another "community celebration" that boasts of "more than 1,000" in attendance. But the most interesting boast involves how many come to church on Sunday now as opposed to the ten families he started out with in 2005. The author of the article says this congregation "now worships as many as 600 on Sunday."

I believe this is a case where grammar imitates life.

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