Worship Service, Sunday, May 31, 2020

“This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away – all who have been called by the Lord our God (Acts 2:39) 

What extraordinary times we are in. There’s much pressure to act foolishly, but Father has called us to to be a people who act with wisdom and call on Him for it when we need it.   it. There’s so much pressure to be afraid, but Father has called us to let Him fill our hearts with His love – His love which casts out all fear. It’s a time where some of us still need to worship apart while some of us are ready to begin worshiping together. In some ways we’re continuing to do what we’ve been doing across these past eleven Sundays, and yet it’s Pentecost Sunday! And the Holy Spirit makes everything new!
For those of you who are worshiping at home, please consider sharing-together – each getting 2-3 minutes to share – what you’ve seen the Lord doing around you or in your own life these past weeks we’ve been apart.
At the end of the Sermon – for Home Worship and the message I’ll be sharing in the Sanctuary – please don’t skip over the prayers for self and others encouraged at the end. It’s all part of the bigger whole of what God wants to be doing among us in Worship this week as He keeps sending us to be His mouth, hands, and feet out into the world. 
I love you in the Lord, precious saints, and am so looking forward to that day we can all be worshiping and serving the Lord together once again. Let’s Worship the Lord!
In Jesus’

 

Worship Service, Sunday, May 24, 2020

“It is good to praise the Lord and

make music to His Name” (Psalm 91:1) 

Even though we may soon be coming to an end of these at-home Worship Services, and even though I am very much looking forward to worshiping with you face-to-face (at least those of you who are a part of our congregation here is Milford, PA) I am going to miss connecting with those of you across the “EPC-diaspora” who are such a part of what the Lord is doing among us here on the corner of Broad and W Ann Streets even though you are spread out from us across the United States and even around the World!
I hope this note finds you all – near and far – safe and secure in Christ Jesus, and rejoicing in His lordship over darkness and Death. The Lord Jesus has rescued  us from our old lives that were tied to the roller-coaster of this world”s ups and downs and firmly anchored us to the new life of His love and grace forever established in Heaven.
Please feel free to share these worship materials with friends and family members, wherever they may be, even over social media. Whatever it takes to help and support our fellow believers in their Worship these days! (Including those who may not yet be believers but whom the Father is drawing to Himself!)
Grace and peace to you all, my brothers and sisters in Jesus! May Jesus Christ be praised!
In Jesus’

 

Worship Service, Sunday, May 17, 2020

Grace and peace to you from God our Father 

and the Lord Jesus Christ!

This is our ninth Sunday worshiping apart, but just as we may be growing more used to such things we’re already planning for and looking ahead to that coming Sunday when we’ll be back in the Sanctuary worshiping together! If the ongoing separation is gnawing at you, or if you need help in any way, please reach out to me or an Elder or your Deacon. We may not be singing and sitting next to one another, but we’re still only a text, phone call, or email away. You may feel isolated, but you’re not alone.
As always, feel free to share this website and Worship link with others around you, wherever they may be. And, as always, a very special “thank you” to Steve Davis for making our videos look so professional and for helping bring the Sanctuary and each of our Worship leaders right into our homes.
It may still be a couple weeks, yet, but I am so looking forward to seeing and being with you soon.
In Jesus’

 
 
 
 

Worship Service, Sunday, May 10, 2020

“Salvation belongs to the Lord;

Your blessings be on Your People” (Psalm 3:8)

A glorious Lord’s Day to you, my brothers and sisters and friends! I hope you this time of Worship refreshing and renewing to your souls as we draw near to the Lord at our various locations to sing His praises, seek His help, and enjoy the sweet communion of His holy friendship.
As has become our practice: the “Let’s Worship the Lord” link to the folder with our Worship materials for today is below.
Please share these materials with any friends and neighbors who might be blessed to join us around His throne of grace. Also, feel free to e-mail the church office if you or any one you know  would like to  receive the materials directly by e-mail in the future.
Know that I am yours in Jesus’
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

A Special Worship Service, Sunday, May 3, 2020

We’re Celebrating the Lord’s Supper Today!

My cover letter in the Worship Script gives some directions for preparation. Then the Announcements video gives additional directions. And finally, the Worship Script takes you step-by-step through refreshing and renewing you and your household’s consecration by the New Covenant in Jesus’ body and blood.
 
All the way through the Service you’ll notice opportunities and directions for focusing on “us”: The Body of Christ; Jesus’ whole Bride; the worldwide Church. That’s intentional. At the heart of Lord’s Supper abuses over the centuries has been the temptation for twisting the celebration to be for me and Jesus or for me and those in the Body that I like or want to be associated with. Some priests only shared communion with those wealthy-enough to make it worth-their-while, having “lesser clergy” serve the common people. In other generations, Germans were served separately from the Irish who ate and drank apart from the Italians who kept themselves separate from the Spanish and away from the Africans and at a distance from Middle Easterners and far from Far East Asians, etc…
 
But there’s one loaf and one cup: “One Body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, Who is over all, in all, and living through all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6) So, as you worship and as you – by faith – prepare to eat Jesus’ body and drink Jesus’ blood, allow yourself to miss the others you’re used to seeing around the congregation when you normally eat and drink. Take time to pray for different ones as their faces and names come to your thoughts. Let this “eating and drinking apart” nurture your hunger and thirst for that coming day when we will eat and drink together again, and for that coming day when we will eat and drink with the Lord Jesus Himself and all the saints across time and place who have – with us – trusted and followed God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the holy, holy Holy Spirit, entrusting our lives and those we love (and all the world) to His grace, goodness, and loving plans and purposes.
 
God loves you, my brothers and sisters in Jesus. That’s why He sent His Son to die on the cross, because He refused to live life without us. It’s been His desire since the Beginning to live life with us, his sons and daughters by faith. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has fulfilled God’s desires by the cross and the empty tomb!
 
As has become our habit, below is the “Let’s Worship the Lord” button below to access the “One Drive” folder containing our Worship Materials for today. Won’t you print-out enough copies of the Worship Script so that everyone can have one? And then prepare yourselves as you’ve grown used to doing and according to my cover letter that you’ll find there.
 
I love you in the Lord, my brothers and sisters in Jesus. I am yours in Jesus’
 
Love,
Pastor Ben Willis
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

A Special Message From Pastor Ben to help us prepare

for a special Worship Service, Sunday, May 3, 2020

This Sunday will be the Seventh Sunday

of the COVID-19 Restrictions 

The number seven has a special meaning to God, representing His fullness, His completeness, His perfection. We see this in the seven days of the week (His perfect provision for work and rest), the seven types of ceremonially clean animals (His complete provision for sacrifices), the seven colors of the rainbow (the fullness of His mercy). We see this in the seven weeks from the Lord’s death and resurrection at Easter to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (His full, complete, perfect provision for our salvation, that is, the forgiveness of sins and Holy Spirit-empowerment). When you look for them, there are so many meaningful sevens all across the Bible! 🙂

So, here we are just days before the Seventh Sunday of the COVID-19 restrictions and the Seventh Sunday of our worshiping apart in the midst of them.

I sense a strong compulsion from the Holy Spirit to celebrate the Lord’s Supper this Seventh Sunday.

“How?” You might be asking. “We’ll be separated from each other, and the Lord’s Supper is a community meal Christians only partake of together!” Yes, that’s true. 1 Corinthians 11:20-34 speaks against Christians making the Lord’s Supper to be about “me and Jesus” or “me and mine and Jesus” or even just “our small group and Jesus”. So, for us to celebrate the Lord’s Supper in our separate homes we will have to make sure we do so recognizing and honoring our entire congregation and the entire, worldwide body of Christ, won’t we? And with God’s help, we will.

Some of you might be thinking, “But, I’ve never led myself or my family in celebrating the Lord’s Supper before. How will we go about it?” Well, this note will help you start preparing and, come Sunday, our Worship Script will make very clear – step by step – how to go about celebrating this holy mystery with your household as a part of the greater Body of Christ.

First things first: Over these next days leading up to Sunday buy some plain white or wheat bread (or rolls) and buy some 100% Grape Juice. Remember, the Lord’s Supper is a holy mystery, so please don’t use crackers or specialty breads (like banana bread or pumpernickel, etc…) and please don’t use cranberry juice cocktail or some other grape juice-mixed drink: White or wheat bread or rolls, and 100% Grape Juice. You will find both readily available in grocery stores. (And neither are likely to be sold out. 🙂 (For the sake of our celebrating as an entire church, please use grape juice instead of wine, even if you have red wine available to you.)

For Worship on Sunday you will need one slice of white or wheat bread (or one white or wheat roll) and one cup or glass of 100% Grape Juice. (The plainer and simpler the plate and cup used to serve them the better.)

That takes care of “body and blood” preparations. 🙂 Click on the blue-link below so I might share with you about preparing ourselves.

I am so looking forward to eating and drinking our great salvation together this Sunday.

Know that I am yours in Jesus’

Love,

Pastor Ben Willis
 

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Worship From Home Service

 

A Blessed Sunday to You, Saints of God:

 
Here we are at the sixth Sunday of these COVID-19 Restrictions; it’s also the third Sunday of the season of Easter; and the two-thousand twentieth year of the reign of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ over Heaven and Earth! That puts all life’s circumstance in perspective, doesn’t it?

I wonder if the Lord Jesus knew His return would be so delayed? After all, He told us that Father alone set those dates and times, right, calling us to set our attentions on being filled with the Holy Spirit so we can do all Father has saved and given us new life to do!

I know this has been a good week for some and a difficult week for others. But I hope – whatever your week – that the Holy Spirit has graced Jesus to be your constant companion day-by-day, and that your joys have been higher and your burdens lightened by His presence. I hope your hearts and minds have been filled with thanksgiving for the great salvation He has won for you on the cross, and that you’re living your life for Him as a way of saying “Thank You, God!” and as a way of enjoying the fullness of your new life in Christ!

I still don’t know when we will next Worship together in the Sanctuary at 300 Broad Street. What I do know is that, like Jesus’ return, the day is closer now than it was before! Perhaps the Elders will discern it best to wait until the Governor’s restrictions are ended, or perhaps we’ll meet sooner. However the Lord provides, know that I am yours in the Savior and in His death-defeating love!

Click on the “Let’s Worship the Lord” link below  to access our April 26th Home Worship Script and Worship materials. As always, feel free to share this link with as many others as might be blessed to join us in it.

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Almighty Jesus Christ!
Love,
Pastor Ben Willis
 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Worship From Home Service

 

Jesus is alive! I’ve seen the Lord!

As our separation continues I hope you know how much I miss being together with all of you. I guess we don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone. And I’m sure growing to appreciate more and more all the Lord has given us together as this time of having to be apart goes on. As we wait, you’ll find a blue link at the bottom of this email. Click on the link and you’ll see a folder filled with

  • a Worship Script,
  • an Announcements video,
  • some music videos, and,
  • a Sermon video.

I hope that these Worship Scripts have been a blessing to you, your family, and any who may be joining you Sundays for these Home Worship Services. Of course, feel free to forward or email this link to others who may be blessed by worshiping at home with their families and neighbors. Also, feel free to send your tithe and any offerings to the church through the mail, or to use the online giving function on our website. (Remember, if your income has been affected by these virus restrictions, please allow that to influence your tithe. Our tithe is 10% or our income, so if your income has lessened, please faithfully lower your giving, as well. If you desire to keep your giving the same, the church will greatly benefit, but please be wise as you make such decisions.)

With the month of May just around the corner, I am hopeful that we will be together again in-person very soon. Let’s continue to diligently pray for that and for the world, our nation, this community, and our neighbors, community, national, and world leaders. Each and every one needs the Lord. And His grace and sacrifice is sufficient! Know that the Lord is with you. Walk with Him! In Jesus’

Love,
Pastor Ben Willis

HE IS RISEN!

April 12, 2020 Easter Sunday

Worship From Home Service

My dear Brothers & Sisters in Jesus:

Below you will find a blue-link to a folder containing materials to help you and your household celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus on this Easter Sunday. In the folder you will find a Worship Script, an Announcements video, several music videos, and a Sermon video. The Worship Script will coach you and your household to actively worship Almighty God our Father through His Son, Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, and direct you when and where to play the various videos to support your worship time.
Love,
Pastor Ben Willis

April 5, 2020 Palm Sunday

Worship From Home Service

My dear Brothers & Sisters in Jesus:

Below you will find a blue-link to a folder containing materials to help you and your household celebrate a most-holy Palm Sunday. In the folder you will find a Worship Script, an Announcements video, several music videos, a Palm Frond video, and a Sermon video. The Worship Script will coach you and your household to actively worship Almighty God our Father through His Son, Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, and direct you when and where to play the various videos to support your worship time.
Love,
Pastor Ben Willis

March 29, 2020 Worship From Home Service