Upcoming Events via Livestream ( www.nlicc.org/watchlive )
This Sunday (4/12/20)
- 6:00 am Sunrise Concert of Prayer – Pastor Sam hosting (via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/170357443)
- 9:00 am Adult Sunday School Class – “The Apostle’s Creed” with Bob Rumbaugh (Link: www.nlicc.org/watchlive)
- 10:00 am Worship Service – Pastor Sean preaching (Link: www.nlicc.org/watchlive)
- 6:00 pm Evening Word and Fellowship – Pastor Sam (Link: https://zoom.us/j/434779132 or phone: 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 434 779 132) [Note: This time is a newly scheduled meeting for a time of Scripture, Prayer and Fellowship]
MONDAY: Day of Prayer and Fasting – Meet for Prayer from 5-6 PM on Zoom:
Dial in: +1 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 770 719 915
“It’s Friday, Sunday’s A-Comin” … but What About Saturday?
Dear New Life in Christ Church Family,
“Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.” (Luke 23:50–56)
Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s Friday … but Sunday’s coming!“ (or here for a song from the early 80’s)
Here’s our question in 2020, “So Friday is Good Friday and Sunday is Resurrection Day, but what do we do about Saturday?” Jesus died on Friday and disciples rushed to get his body buried before the Sabbath day, when they were required to sequester at home for the day.
The disciples were under strict stay-at-home orders, under the guidance of biblical law and Jewish tradition. As much as they may have wanted to “take care of things“ and visit the tomb, anoint the body, and mourn, all they could do was wait at home, pray, and prepare spices for the next day.
Beloved, we are in the middle of our own “Saturday” of waiting. We have the bad news of a quarantine across the nation and in our own area. We wait for our Sunday to come when we can get out, go shopping, start businesses, resume normal life, and worship together.
Like the disciples, you may feel fearful, restless, and frustrated. You may wonder why God has allowed this virus to take root in our land, why government leaders have taken such drastic steps, or how you will make it until the end of this sequester. And what can you do, but wait?
We have little idea of what the disciples did the Saturday after Jesus died, and we may not know what to do now. We do know they rested and worshipped. It was the Sabbath. They rested even as Jesus’ body rested in the grave. The disciples rested, waiting for their next steps now that Jesus was gone. Jesus’ body rested, waiting to burst the bonds of death and emerge from the tomb.
Let’s take a lesson from the disciples, during our “Saturday”, let’s pray, let’s worship, let’s encourage, let’s serve God and our neighbor however we can right now, and let’s be ready to see the power of God on our “Sunday”.
Remember that, after the wait, Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday. We too, by God’s grace, will emerge from this quarantine, ready for the mission God sets before us
P.S. Please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org || 540-786-4848) of specific needs so that we may pray for you and offer practical help. The Deacon Sharing Fund is available for times like these. Our elders are available as are our deacons (https://goo.gl/forms/wZ8miuU2BptSmOtG3). Be aware of your neighbors needs, especially the elderly and vulnerable. And for those who are able, take the opportunity to give as unto the Lord (https://www.nlicc.org/giving/).
Preparing for Sunday Worship
You will find that preparing for streaming worship may be helpful for getting the most out of the service. Here are some suggestions to making the most of the service.
Remember, you are joining a service of worship. The way we prepare for worship prepares our heart to hear God’s Word. There is no one who will check up on you in these things, so these are suggestions just for you avoid casualness that will miss God’s best for you:
- Go to bed at a good time on Saturday and wake up on time.
- Ready your hearts for worship by focusing on things that get you ready to worship. Save other things until later. Consider starting with prayer and Bible Study.
- Finish breakfast before attending.
- Get dressed for church. Get out of your pajamas and put on the kind of clothes that make you think you are doing something important. Remember, God is *your* audience and we don’t dress up on Sundays as a fashion show, but in respect and love for God. Don’t discount the way that getting dressed also prepares your mind and heart for worship.
- Arrange your seating around the livestream to promote a posture of purpose in worship.
- Download and print the bulletin. We have an updated bulletin that is easier to print. Just print the pages you want.
- Sign the guest book. If you are willing, we are asking everyone to sign in, both members and visitors. Put in any comments or prayer requests. There is a link just below the live stream, or you can click here: https://forms.gle/EyUV24ucWU1EYJ3U9
- Vigorously engage in worship with your whole heart, soul, mind, and strength (including your voice) along with those around you as we all do the best we can given our circumstances.
- If you are willing, take a picture or video of those gathered in your home to share later on social media with the #nlicalive hashtag so we can enjoy at least that much fellowship with one another.
- Giving is part of worship to God, so take time before, after, or during the service to give. Giving is available online, through the web page, or through the tithe.ly phone app. Or, you can mail or drop off tithes and offerings to the church office.
- Practice the hymns ahead of time. Hymns for the Week: Christ the Lord is Risen Today and Low in the Grave He Lay. This is something you can do every day through the week, maybe as part of dinner devotions or a morning quiet time.
Praying for a glorious Easter experience!
Inviting Others to Church
Its Resurrection Sunday! Would you invite two other people to join our streaming service tomorrow? It may be the easiest day to invite people. All you need to do is to send them a link to our Watch Live page. Would you think about inviting two people directly? So many people could use the encouragement. It doesn’t even matter where they live as they could be halfway around the world and still join in. Just tell them we start at 10 AM (Eastern)!