The COVID Crisis has certainly stymied some routines and rituals. On the other hand, at First Baptist Greenville it has been a catalyst for creativity. Nowhere is this more vivid than during our MidWeek Fellowship Bible Study and Prayer service. Typically, we take a break from MidWeek gathering from Memorial Day to Labor Day. However, the present pandemic kindled an internal need for us to continue to virtually gather throughout the Summer months. During these virtual sessions we: completed the Book of Ruth, engaged a ‘second look’ at the teachings of Jesus, explored the Book of Job, and dug into Paul’s letter to the Philippians.
The creativity has not ended. In fact, we’ve got some wonderful weeks ahead of us. This Wednesday, August 26, Dr. Vivian Hamilton (our Minister of Music and Worship) will share with us a retrospective and reflections on choral music at First Baptist. As part of the midweek service, we will hear her interpretation of particular anthems and then watch videos of past choral performances. Even on video, it will be a delight to see and hear our Sanctuary Choir!
Then, on Wednesday, September 2, I will present An Introduction to Pilgrimage: Why Walk Where Jesus Walked? This overview of Jesus’ life and the subsequent spiritual discipline of pilgrimage will prepare us for the Wednesday evenings to follow! For ten Wednesday evenings (September 9 to November 11), I will lead you on a virtual pilgrimage of the Holy Land. This series of lessons will be called In the Footsteps of Jesus. We will follow the life of Jesus from Nazareth (the site of the angel’s annunciation of Jesus’ birth to Mary) to the empty tomb in Jerusalem. Claudia Borchart—certified tour guide in the Holy Land—will send videos of the sites you would see during each stop of a Holy Land pilgrimage. I will incorporate these videos into each week’s lesson. We can’t travel to the Holy Land this year, so Claudia and I are bringing the Holy Land to First Baptist!
Yes…COVID-19 has prevented some of life’s pleasures, but it hasn’t kept us from the meaningful moments provided by our MidWeek Fellowship.
—Jim

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