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Saturday, September 12, 2020
 

Hey there SCBC family and friends!

A few weeks ago we made the move to begin our Sunday morning worship hour with a period of 15 minutes of prayer.  We did this for two reasons:

  1. We wanted to take time to prepare our hearts in prayer before worshiping the Lord.  It is so easy to spend our Sunday mornings preparing breakfast, our family, our appearance, etc. and yet never take a moment to prepare our hearts for communing with the Lord.
  2. We wanted to make prayer a priority for our church family by creating a time specifically set aside for nothing else but prayer.
 
It has become evident over the past several weeks that these goals are not being met during the 15 minutes prior to the start of our time of worship.
 
We spoke at our members’ meeting this past Wednesday that biblical wisdom never looks like being aware of all the data needed to make a decision.  Instead, it is knowing when to draw near to the Lord and make the next best decision with the information that we have at hand.  Driving home from church, I know the route I want to take but not necessarily what traffic light I will have to stop at or when someone might pull out in front of me.  I must be aware, educated, and willing to make the best decision at the moment.
 

This means that we cannot be stuck on how we do something, especially when how we are doing something is not accomplishing its intended purpose. Therefore, we have re-evaluated this time of prayer and will be making necessary adjustments effective tomorrow morning.

We will continue to push ourselves to be a church that is characterized by and which prioritizes prayer.  This is non-negotiable.  To attempt to gather, to worship, to serve, to exist without prayer is to take up a position of humanistic arrogance that assumes we have within ourselves what is necessary to accomplish these things.  It is to declare by our actions–if not by our words–that we don’t need God for this.

Therefore, we are not surrendering our priority of setting aside a time for prayer.  Instead, we will move our time of prayer to a different point in the service so that it is better protected and more clearly communicated as a priority.  Just as we assume that there will be a time for singing, a time for hearing the gospel preached from a text of Scripture, and a time to respond to that message so there will be a time for prayer every Sunday morning.

This means that our worship service will revert to starting promptly at 10:15AM tomorrow morning.  Please, make whatever plans you need to readjust your morning routines to be with us when we begin.

I am excited about what the Lord will do as we continue to make prayer a priority for our church family.

God bless and to him be all the glory!

Will Binkley
Pastor
Spring Creek Baptist Church
931-647-5850