Join us for worship on this Palm Sunday. We use GoToMeeting. After worship today, I will post the audio recording to this site. If you want to join us live in the future, please leave a comment and I will get back to you with information on how you can join live worship of Chatham Baptist Church in Chatham, VA!
Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 10 O’clock EDT
Welcome and Announcements
Organ Prelude by Charlotte Paris
Invocation by the Pastor
Responsive Reading from Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29, Led by the Pastor and Paulette Adkins
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
2 Let Israel say:
“His love endures forever.”
19 Open for me the gates of the righteous;
I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord
through which the righteous may enter.
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation.
22 The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
23 the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 The Lord has done it this very day;
let us rejoice today and be glad.
25 Lord, save us!
Lord, grant us success!
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
From the house of the Lord we bless you.
27 The Lord is God,
and he has made his light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
up to the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise you;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.
29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Special Music by Kathleen O’Hare
Prayer for Our World, Our Nation, and Our Community by Ben Davenport, Deacon Chair
Reading from Matthew 21:1-11 by Ben Paris
Pastor’s Message “The Day Everything Changed”
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Benediction by the Pastor
Organ Postlude by Charlotte Paris
Here’s the letter I sent to all of our members today, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Please note that the sensitive information about how to dial in or log on to our online worship has been deleted. You will receive the numbers to call or the site to log on in the mail. Thanks!
From the Pastor
March 31, 2020
I hope this finds you well and adjusting to the new normal of being at home. As I’m sure you know, Governor Northam issued a new “stay-at-home” order for the Commonwealth of Virginia yesterday, March 30. This order is effective immediately through June 10, 2020. So, our church buildings will remain closed until then.
However, we are discovering new ways to stay connected. Last Sunday we worshipped by internet and phone. About 63 people were “present” for worship, with 18 connecting by dialing in, and the remainder connecting by computer, tablet, or smart phone.
This virtual space will be our “meeting place” for the immediate future. However, we are changing the internet address and phone number we used last week. Apparently rude people have intruded into the meetings of other churches and disrupted them. (It’s always something, isn’t it?)
Feel free to give this connection information to people you know, and we will email it to the congregation, but we will not post it on our website! (The letter you receive has the info.)
Our “virtual” meeting times are worship at 10 AM on Sunday mornings, and Bible Study at 7 PM on Wednesday nights.
Here’s how you can connect. These are new numbers, so take note:
Included in this mailing is the order of worship for this Sunday, April 5, 2020. Please have this handy when you join worship this Sunday morning. As you can see, there are responsive readings, scripture readings, and the Lord’s Prayer that you can participate in. Please join us when asked by reading or praying aloud with those leading worship. No one will hear you except you and your family members because I will turn off (mute) everybody else’s voice or mic. This is a different kind of way to meet and it calls for a different approach.
I am recording a new devotional every Wednesday, which is posted on our phone line. So, if you want to hear a brief devotional thought, dial the church number, and then press 4 to hear the devotional.
The latest OneCall announcement is also posted there and you can hear it by calling the church number and pressing 3.
You may leave prayer requests by calling the church, and pressing 2 for my voice mailbox. Or you can call or text me directly on my cell phone. If you are dialing me from your home landline you do not have to dial the area code.
Holy Week begins Sunday, April 5 through Easter Sunday, April 12.
Keep this letter handy as a reminder of how to connect with us for worship, Bible study, and during Holy Week. We’ll mail out another reminder next week. Until then, stay well and safe, and remember….we’re all in this…
Here’s the link to the text of the sermon I preached this morning, 5 Lessons for a Pandemic from Ezekiel 37:1-14. What a great passage for a critical time!