Good morning. As Tampa Bay returns to what many observe will be a “new normal” in a post Coronavirus world, I look forward to Hillsdale’s ministries getting back to our own “normal.” While virtual broadcasts have been a blessed opportunity for serving our church family and friends, nothing can (or should) replace congregational worship and fellowship.
The author of the Book of Hebrews wrote to the first century church: “And let us consider [be attentive to] one another to provoke [stir up; arouse] unto love and to good works [labors]: 25 Not forsaking [leaving; neglecting] the assembling [gathering; worship] of ourselves together…” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
As we gather for worship this morning, we need to pray for our nation, our leaders, and our neighbors. Three months of economic stress approaching the depths of the Great Depression, coupled with a widespread distrust of politicians and undeniable corruption in our government is fueling unrest. Psychological and emotional distresses, and the tragic death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd who died in police custody this past week, has inflamed racial tensions and given criminals an opportunity to riot and plunder.
My heart is heavy for our nation. We need a Revival, not a Revolution! However, I remind any who read this blog or listen to the attached video that revival does not begin in the White House or the Court House… Revival begins in the Church. Unless you are elderly or your health is compromised, it’s time to set aside fears that have been stoked by politicians and the media, and to come together for worship and prayer.
9:45 AM – Youth Pastor Justin Jarrett will bring the Family Bible Study as he continues his series in the Book of James. His title this Sunday is “Taming Our Twisted Tongues” part 2 (James 3:5-12).
The doors of our building will open at 10:15 AM for our 10:30 worship service. The Pastoral staff begins the service with a bright and encouraging song titled, “In the Same Wonderful Way.”
With love and the heart of a shepherd,
Pastor Travis D. Smith