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Easter Sunday Worship at Home

by: Andy Lawrenson

04/08/2020

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That very first Easter Sunday, the disciples were all huddled in a house together in fear, with lots of questions, wondering what is going to happen.
That first Easter Sunday was celebrated in a house, not in a church building.

Does this sound familiar? Here we sit in our homes, many are in fear, we have lots of questions, we are all wondering about the future.
We get to celebrate Easter Sunday just like the disciples did that very first Sunday.

Some ideas to celebrate Easter Sunday at home:

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That very first Easter Sunday, the disciples were all huddled in a house together in fear, with lots of questions, wondering what is going to happen.
That first Easter Sunday was celebrated in a house, not in a church building.

Does this sound familiar? Here we sit in our homes, many are in fear, we have lots of questions, we are all wondering about the future.
We get to celebrate Easter Sunday just like the disciples did that very first Sunday.

Some ideas to celebrate Easter Sunday at home:

Put on your Easter best. Most of us are used to dressing up a bit for Easter Sunday worship. Why not get dressed in your Sunday best and take a family Easter photo together. You can use the timer on your cell phone to snap the pic or ask a neighbor while keeping social distance, to take the picture outside, and text it to you.

Turn on the worship. Nags Head Church’s Easter Service will be streaming in four locations:
Our website, Facebook page, and Youtube channel. You can watch at 9 am or go back later in the day and watch, especially if you have found yourselves sleeping in on Sundays now.

Sing along. The band will be leading us in worshiping in song. Go ahead and turn that tv up and sing loud. You can worship in song anywhere and anytime. You don’t have to wait to be in a church building.

Take notes. Listen carefully to the message together and take notes. Pastor Rick is going to bring an Easter message like you have never experienced sitting in the four walls of a church building. Break open that Bible and follow along.

Ask Questions. When the service is over, you could discuss the message you just heard. Knowing you will be talking together will help you to engage in the message. Discussing the message together will help deepen your understanding of the message.

Apply what you hear. After your discussion time, you might want to think about and share together how you will apply the message you heard. Application is like setting goals by answering the questions, How? When? Who? You can also ask someone to hold you accountable.

Eat! For us, Easter Sunday lunch is always a big deal. Plan on using the fancy china or the paper plates, whichever you are used to using. Fix that big meal and enjoy it together. If you are alone, you could FaceTime or us an app that can connect you with other family members and eat Easter dinner “together.”

Celebrate with family traditions. What is it your family usually does every Easter Sunday afternoon? Nap? Easter egg hunt? Fill up on Easter candy? Watch the movie The Passion of the Christ.

Most importantly, take time this Sunday to recognize that you have a risen Savior. Jesus conquered death, sin, and hell. He can conquer any trial in your life. Celebrate your salvation!

Join us Sunday morning at 9 am here on our website or on Facebook or Youtube. Let’s celebrate our risen Savior together!

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On Mission During the Shutdown

by: Andy Lawrenson

04/01/2020

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We find ourselves in a weird position for missions during this time. The opportunity around us and also around the world is great, but trying to navigate being on mission while being couped up at home can be tricky. I have a few thoughts, but I know there are many people out there with more creative ideas.

Much of what we do, participate in, work, and other parts of our lives have come to a halt the mission of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ has not.

Here are a few of the ideas I thought of today:
Locally

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We find ourselves in a weird position for missions during this time. The opportunity around us and also around the world is great, but trying to navigate being on mission while being couped up at home can be tricky. I have a few thoughts, but I know there are many people out there with more creative ideas.

Much of what we do, participate in, work, and other parts of our lives have come to a halt the mission of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ has not.

Here are a few of the ideas I thought of today:
Locally

Look for opportunities to be on mission during the shutdown.
Check on your elderly neighbors. Do they need someone to run to the store or pharmacy for them? Have a phone conversation or talk from their yard to them while they are on their deck. Show kindness to them by visiting with them . . . . from a distance.

Help a neighbor with yard work. I have noticed a lot of people out working in their yard and on their house because they have time now, but also they are doing it to pass the time. Is there a way you can lend a hand from a distance to help them? Maybe they have mentioned pressure washing their house, and you have a pressure washer and know how to use it. Perhaps they need a tree or shrubs trimmed, and you have the tools to do it.

Volunteer at the local food bank. If you aren’t in the “at-risk” category, you may have the time to help the food pantry stock shelves, load bags. Some local restaurants are providing free drive-thru meals for the community. You could volunteer to help serve the meals to the “customers”.

Globally

First off, pray. Pray for our world as we fight through this pandemic—so many people hurting around the world physically and financially. You may find that now have more time in the day and can commit part of that time to prayer.

Check on church missionaries. Drop an email, FB message, maybe even FaceTime, or Zoom with them if possible. Our missionaries, for the most part, are on shutdown mode just like us. We can all use a little “social” interaction. You can find most of them are in our Facebook Group, NHC Global. Our missionaries are on the front lines of missions globally.

Think of ways to help our upcoming student mission team gain support for their mission trip in June. Use social media to share a mission video; you may have friends and family who are in the position to give and want to make eternal investments. Pray for the trip prep and for the team.

Can you think of some ways to share the good news and love of Jesus Christ during this time?
What steps can you take this week to be on mission?

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We're All In This Together

by: Andy Lawrenson

03/24/2020

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* Pastor Rick's Article from the Outer Banks Voice


Culture never stays the same. And with the advent of so much technology, things change ever more rapidly. Dylan was right when he said that, “The Times, They are A-changing.” He just had no idea how rapidly the times would change in the spring of 2020. None of us did. Who thought they would be giving up so much for Lent? This “new normal” is no fun.

So, here we are. The threat of a rapidly expanding killer (sometimes) virus headed our way. And with it, a plunging economy. Here on… read more

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* Pastor Rick's Article from the Outer Banks Voice


Culture never stays the same. And with the advent of so much technology, things change ever more rapidly. Dylan was right when he said that, “The Times, They are A-changing.” He just had no idea how rapidly the times would change in the spring of 2020. None of us did. Who thought they would be giving up so much for Lent? This “new normal” is no fun.

So, here we are. The threat of a rapidly expanding killer (sometimes) virus headed our way. And with it, a plunging economy. Here on the Outer Banks we haven’t yet seen the virus show its ugly head, but we’ve seen the negative impact it has on the prognosticators’ predictions. Schools are out of session. The bridges are closed to the money that crosses them. Restaurants are only open for take-out orders. Heck, the guy at the local tackle shop told me this morning that they were closing tomorrow for at least two weeks. 7-11 is even starting deliveries! “I’ll have two banana Slurpees, please.”

And no one really knows answers to a lot of the pertinent questions. When will it arrive? How long will it last? How will I care for my kids? Will I get laid off and if so, how can I provide for my family? Where will I buy some toilet paper? On and on the questions go. With so many questions, we’re all in a search for answers. But like love, we too often look in the wrong places. And with many of the “answers” we find comes more anxiety.

I heard it said that “The truth will set you free.” Jesus said that. So, let me suggest some truth, some facts that I hope will bring some calm in your life.

  1. This, too will pass. We know that already. In China, where it began, the cases have dropped significantly from when it began. It apparently, the experts are saying, has a shelf life. It isn’t permanent, although here in the US, the experts say it has a ways to go before the downhill side of the bell curve. But, one day things will turn the corner. Let’s hope and pray it’s sooner than later.
  2. Don’t believe everything you see or hear. All of a sudden everyone’s an epidemiologist. And here is where most of the panic and anxiety originate. “I heard…” “Someone told me…” “Such and such a news outlet reported…” The truth is much of what we hear and see in today’s media (and I know, I’m writing this for a media outlet) is conjecture and opinion, not facts. But there are some who are using this pandemic for political and/or financial gain. And as can be expected, politicians can be the worst in fanning flames. Focus on fact. No need for a lot of this debate that isn’t so friendly. You’re not an expert. Neither am I.
  3. Limit your time on social media and cable “news.” Unless they are directly quoting the experts (the CDC for example), ignore them. Besides, all they tend to do is stir up fear and worry about something none of us can control. But I can control what I allow my eyes to see and my ears to hear. Give yourself a quarantine from the media and rumor mills. I’ve blocked a local Facebook group from showing up on my feed because it has turned into a gossip/rumor page. I don’t need that. Neither do you.
  4. Do what you can do to stop the spread. The medical experts are telling us a few things. It’s not that they’re simple things, but they can slow the spread down, which will ultimately save lives. No one knows how unknowingly you or I can come in contact with someone who also unknowingly has picked up the virus and hasn’t yet shown any symptoms. We can’t know those things. And simple ignorance like that can wind up taking the lives of the most vulnerable. It’s not just about protecting yourself, but those around you.

So, wash your hands frequently. I carry two bottles of hand sanitizer in my truck. If I go out for something, I touch things…door handles, gas pumps, that gallon of milk in the dairy section, the change handed me by the cashier, the debit card I’ve inserted, and after who? I don’t know! Avoid going out and about unless it is absolutely necessary. Practice safe social distancing from one another. Don’t gather in groups. Today it’s 10, tomorrow it will probably be half that. None of us know what we can’t see.

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