From the Pastor’s Heart
Homecoming will not be the same this year. The coronavirus pandemic will change almost everything.
There will be no meal. We will check each person’s temperature on entering the breezeway. We’ll maintain social
distancing, refrain from hugs and handshakes, and sit only in designated pews.
But some things will not change. We’ll gather for this special occasion on the second Sunday in September.
We’ll enjoy fellowship with one another. We’ll remember members who have gone on to heaven. We’ll greet those who
live at a distance and have traveled back to renew friendships with this faith family. We’ll worship God and celebrate
His Presence with us. We’ll sing His praises. We’ll listen to His Word and celebrate His blessings. Rick Clore, pastor
of Hull’s Memorial from 1997-2001, will preach.
Sunday night through Wednesday night will be Spiritual Renewal time. The theme will be “It’s All About Prayer.”
The schedule for each evening will be designed to focus on a particular dimension of prayer. Sunday night Eric Goforth,
formerly pastor of Chancellor Baptist Church, will be the guest preacher. Monday night Gary Limbrick, pastor of Bethel
Baptist Church, will preach. Tuesday night, Jody Faig, Baptist General Association of Virginia Field Strategist, will preach.
Wednesday night John Eure, pastor of Ferry Farm Baptist Church, will preach.
Spiritual Renewal schedule will be as follows: 7:00-7:20 p.m. targeted Bible study on the sermon theme,
led by the guest preacher; 7:20-7:40 p.m. small groups deacon-led prayer time; 7:40-8:15 p.m. gathering in the sanctuary
for a sermon, singing a couple of hymns, enjoying special music, and prayerful consideration of how to apply faith in everyday life.
Even if there are not many attending these services, whoever wholeheartedly participates is bound to be blessed. And when we are blessed, we can be a blessing for the glory of God. I hope all of you who can will be present for these services. Let's pray: "Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a steadfast spirit within me Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation." (Psalm 51)
That's the spiritual renewal only God can bring.