UPDATE ON CONTINUING THE JOURNEY AT HBC JULY 30, 2020
- Our Sunday 10:30 a.m. worship service continues in the Worship Center with overflow (as needed) in the Chapel, and mask-only for high-risk people (or simply for those who prefer a required “all-mask” venue) in Room 106. Both venues will be live-streamed concurrently with our Worship Center location. Every other row of pews will be set up for seating. Please help us by maintaining the required social distancing or by wearing facemasks.
- Adult Bible Fellowship and Student Ministry (7th-12th) meets together this Sunday at 9:00am on campus. On Promotion Sunday, August 16, we intend to begin weekly Children’s Sunday school.
- We will, of course, continue to live-stream our services for those who choose to worship with us from their homes.
The debate rages over the efficacy of the measures handed down to us by our governing authorities as well as the matter of our civil liberties and submission to authority. It has always been (and always will be) that fellow brothers and sisters will look at the same set of facts, the same Scripture passages, and will come to different conclusions. That, in part, is what God is allowing in these days to test the unity of Christian fellowships. We need to bear graciously with those with whom we disagree without regarding them as unfaithful. What we need at this juncture is God’s wisdom (James 1:5) and to be patient as we wait for the coming of the Lord (James 5:7). These are things that our heavenly Father gives liberally to those who ask.
I look forward to worshiping with you (in whatever venue) Sunday!
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How Can We Help
Please let us know how we can serve you. Several within our church family are eager and ready to talk, pray, deliver groceries and medication, etc. Please don’t allow social distance to lead to spiritual isolation. We are called into a community, a family, a Body—may we be humble enough to ask for encouragement and support and may we be loving enough to eagerly meet the needs of those in our community. Contact us at HERE or by calling (405)720-1449.
How to Prepare for Online Worship
- Treat Sunday morning with the same priority you always do.
Let me encourage you to get up, have breakfast, silence your phone, grab your bible, notebook and pen. If possible set aside Sunday mornings at 10:30am to worship with us. If that time simply does not work, purpose to set aside another specific time.
- Engage in each part of the worship service.
Yes, even the singing. It may feel a bit odd at first, but crank up the volume and join in. Sing when we sing, pray when we pray, read when we read. Help your children to participate as well. When there is preaching, listen as attentively as you always do. Do not just watch…engage!
- Gather your family or household and worship together.
This is an incredible opportunity for the heads of households to gather the family, and lead out in worship. This is not “every man for himself.” Instead, this is a time for God-centered, Christ-exalting leadership. Lead your household well!
- Don’t expect it to be the same as being in person.
It’s not supposed to be. We are so grateful for the technology that enables us to worship together online, but it is not a replacement or substitute for gathering with God’s people in person. We are relational beings and technology can certainly help us connect in some ways, but the intimacy we are called to must go beyond that when at all possible. Let’s be grateful for online worship, but let’s long for the time when we can be together face-to-face.
- Worship through giving.
In the midst of apparent instability and uncertainty let me encourage you to continue to praise the Lord thru generous and cheerful giving with a desire to expand the kingdom and minister to others in need. Let us live as if we truly believe that we are simply stewards of all that we have received from the Lord. You can give online at heritageokc.org (“Giving”) or by mailing a check to the church office. If you need further assistance or if you are in a season of need, please let us know how we might serve you by emailing or calling (405)720-1449.