May 3 – The Great Ends of the Church

Sit, stay, and save souls.

Staying Safe at Home may not be an effective evangelism tool, but it does save souls.

Keeping people alive and healthy is part of the Great Ends of the Church: “the promotion of social righteousness.” Thus our demonstrating care with one another is part of how we build the Church. Staying Safe at Home also demonstrates our care for one another by lowering infection rates and mitigating risk to health care providers.

And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Acts 2:47b

Luke provides a brief summary of the first century church that highlights four features that result in adding to their number. All four of these we can do, including breaking bread together, while Staying Safe at Home.

Bread and Chalice

This Sunday we will symbolically break bread together, sharing the bread of heaven and the cup of salvation by celebrating the Lord’s Supper. If you wish, you may participate by having a piece of bread, juice or wine, and cups for each member of your household. Or you may participate in spirit only, perhaps lifting your empty hands in memory of past communions and honoring when we may again celebrate this ritual together.

I will have more to say about Acts 2:42-47 posted here by 8 AM Sunday, May 3rd and some ideas on how you might further the Ends of the Church.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

A Tip for Parents

If this were a normal Sunday, I would invite a child to wear a blindfold, spin that child around once or twice, and then while standing in the center of the sanctuary to point toward their parents. I would then invite several people to call to them.

Previous trials of this experiment have shown that children can correctly identify their parents even when the adults, including parents attempt to disguise their voice. Because they are familiar with their parents voice.

If we want to recognize Jesus from all of the messages we hear, we need to listen to God frequently and carefully.

Worship

If you have a smart TV, you may worship with us there through our YouTube Channel by searching for Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.

The Offering

As disciples of Jesus Christ we give so that we may dedicate the whole of our lives by sharing a portion of what we earn with others.

Although COVID-19 has forced us to curtail all in person groups, meetings, classes, …, even office hours. Yet we continue other ministries. For example: Wednesday Bible Study, Sunday school for children and the Fellowship Hour all meet via video-teleconference.

In these unusual times we deeply appreciate your giving through your bank or by clicking our Give Now button. We continue to check our mailbox regularly so you may mail your check to us.