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Afflicted, Empty, and Bitter

“Afflicted, Empty and Bitter”   
 
This is the title of this week’s message as Pastor Bill begins a 5-week sermon series that will take us through the month of March.  While the book we’ll be reading through is called Ruth, much of what we’ll be looking at actually revolves around Naomi, Ruth’s mother-in-law.
 
It’s Naomi who early in the book describes herself as afflicted, empty, and bitter, and she believes it is God’s doing.  She is convinced He has turned His back on her, and as you read chapter one, you’ll soon see why.    
 
However it’s in the midst of her pain that she has a conversation with her daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, that will alter the course of history.  That may sound overly dramatic, but by the end of the series, we’ll come to see why this is true.  We hope you are able to join us, either In-Person or over the Live Stream for the beginning of the series, and be sure to read the first chapter of Ruth before you come or before tuning in.
Go HERE at 8:00 and/or 9:45 in order to view the live stream.
Go HERE for a copy of the bulletin for the Sunday services (8:00 service and 9:45), which contains the song lists and the outline for this week’s message.
Finally, just a reminder of our standard protocol:
  • If you find yourself in a high-risk category, it would be wise to view the service via the live stream.
  • Please remain at home if you do not feel well or if you have been around someone who has not been well, and again, be sure to join us by viewing the live stream.
  • We will continue to ask that everyone (except for health reasons) wear a mask as you enter and as you leave.  
  • Please continue to practice physical distancing at all times.
  • Even as we are seated in every other row, please go out of your way to establish a generous amount of distance between yourself and others when choosing your seat.  The room is large enough for us to spread out quite a bit.
  • While we encourage physical distancing, this does not mean that we discourage socializing with one another.  Please greet and engage with one another from a safe distance as you come and go, even as you sit in your seat. 
  • While we don’t often have people sitting in the front row or rows, it would probably be wise to avoid the rows close to the front due to the proximity of those singing on stage. 
  • When using the restroom, please wash your hands thoroughly.  Please continue to make use of the hand sanitizer that we have in the foyer and in the Auditorium. 
Thank you, and we’re looking forward to worshipping Jesus with you this Sunday!