|Hello TCC Family-|
If you were in church this past Sunday (either in person or online) then you heard a timeless message about God using what we already have and multiplying it. As we approach Him with our varying gifts and abilities He uses what we offer for His glory and greater purposes. Here is a link to Dcn. Ian’s sermon if you missed it. It’s also worth listening to again https://www.trinitycommunion.org/?sermons=deacon-ian-2020-08-02
In keeping with this idea of offering what we have as a church and God’s multiplication, you probably know that we began two services about nine weeks ago when NYS allowed our region to enter Phase 4. At the time, we didn’t know how many people would return. What we have learned is that Thursday is a good fit for some, but the numbers are low. Sunday is observably the preferred date for folks interested in attending an in-person service.
Now, you might be wondering how this news is related to the multiplication principle that I started with? Well, the thing is, by coming together we learned of an unexpected sweetness during Thursday evening praise. I just can’t explain it any other way. Sweetness is the word that fits. As I’ve tried to make sense of it I realize the truth that “God inhabits the praises of His people” Psalm 22:3. Furthermore, God promises a great exchange in our worship of Him, “the garment of praise for the spirit heaviness” Isaiah 61:3. Praise is certainly not the only way that we experience the joy of the Lord, but I believe through praise worship we are often reminded that God is bigger than the situation we face; that He’s not only capable of managing our concerns but willing, wanting and waiting to.
All of this to say…I sense that it is important for this to continue and I’m drawn to calling it “Pressing In”. My hope is that we can “Press In” together. The entire world is experiencing disorientation during the pandemic. No church has been immune from this. I have felt it and I’m sure you have as well. But God is a God who meets us in our disorientation and offers us the gift of His presence and His reorientation. I sense now more than ever before that we have an opportunity to “Press In” for what is next at TCC?
One of my favorite stories in Scripture is that of Blind Bartimaeus. As Jesus was passing by, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus was sitting by the roadside. “When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me.'” Jesus stopped, called him, and he received his sight. Then Jesus commended him, saying, “Your faith has healed you” (Mark 10:46-52).
Bartimaeus wanted one thing with all his heart. He wanted to see. He let nothing stop him. “Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet” but he “shouted all the more.” (Matthew 20:31 says “shouted all the louder”.) We don’t know how long this went on; it could have been for some time. He would not be kept from the healing he sought. When Jesus commended his faith, I believe Jesus was saying that he had shown his faith by his persistence in the face of obstacles. Our faith is demonstrated by action, and this blind beggar demonstrated his by strong, persistent action. Bartimaeus was pressing in.
I want to seek God together in this season of Covid-19 and find the blessing of God as we wrestle with our circumstances, as we “Press In”. Many are also familiar with the story of Jacob wrestling with God all night. God lamed his hip but Jacob would not let go. Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me” (Genesis 32:26). Jacob persisted until he got his blessing. Jacob was pressing in.
Church family, I want to encourage you to consider joining together to persist for the blessing of God at TCC. These prayer and praise services will begin on Thursday August 13th at 7pm. If you are unable to attend in person, we encourage you to worship and pray with us on Facebook live at https://www.facebook.com/tccrocny
God bless you and keep you. May His face shine upon you. And may He give you His peace.
In His service and seeking to press in for the will of God,