Discovery Church Update
Church Schedule Update
June 28, 2020

He re's what you'll find in this week's church update:
1. Scriptural Encouragement from 1 Corinthians 10, 11
2. Updated Worship Gathering Plans
3. Updated Communion Plans
4. Live Streaming Update and Online Content
5. Available Bible Studies/Fellowship Opportunities

Scriptural Encouragement
I imagine that some of us have wondered why we didn't find some way to observe the Lord's Supper in these last few (weird) months. It's a good question even if you haven't been thinking about it. After all, other churches have tried to do communion remotely in one form or another. And I don't blame them. The Lord Jesus commanded us to do it often. So, these intentions are totally right and commendable. But the reality is that the Lord's Supper, as it is described in the Bible,  requires  "coming together". So, to practice the Lord's Supper faithfully we simply recognized that we needed to be able to "come together" first. 
Consider how Paul corrects the way the Lord's Supper was abused in 1 Corinthians 11. When describing the Supper he says again and again that it must involve, "coming together" (17, 18, 20, 33-34). What are the implications of this? One implication is that they did not take it privately. They knew they were supposed to come together. 
So, taking our cue from I Corinthians 11, we accepted the need to wait until we could gather in person. We accepted the situation at the time and trusted that the Lord has his purposes in it for good. If nothing else, we can now begin to practice again with a fresh appreciation. 
Now, let's dig a little further. Why are we required to assemble for the Lord's Supper? What's the point? Why is it not the Lord's Supper unless we do it together (1 Corinthians 11:20)? 
To put it simply, we must come together because the Lord's Supper proclaims not only our union with Jesus through his death, it also proclaims  our union with one another  in Christ. Notice both of these truths explained here:
 
The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?   Because  there is one bread,  we who are many are one body , for we all partake of
the one bread.  
(1 Corinthians 10:16-17)

As we partake in the Lord's Supper together, we proclaim that we are one body, partaking in Christ. We declare ourselves, together, to be one body. Now, of course, we're one body whether we're in the same room or not. But Paul isn't talking about what we are once we disassemble. He's talking about what the Lord has asked us to proclaim by assembling and observing the Lord's Supper. And it is glorious! 
One of my favorite moments in worship is to take the Lord's Supper and look around the room as I do it (I would do this even before I was taking it from behind the pulpit). And I look around the room because it is beautiful and wonderful to remember that all these different people have the same Lord and Savior and are one family in Him. I pray that as we begin to observe the Lord's Supper again it will be a good reminder for you as well. 

UPDATED: Worship Gathering Plans
We will continue to gather in person for worship at Discovery church this Sunday at 10:30AM. The usual precautions will be in place.  IN ADDITION : We have overflow now available in the fellowship/Gathering Grounds side of our building. We have a hard-line connection to the TV in the fellowship area where the service can be viewed if you want to be present for worship and the Lord's Supper but would also like a little more physical distance than the worship center provides. 

*An Additional Note on Childcare:  We're beginning to survey which of our volunteers might feel comfortable returning to help in nursery so we can offer that ministry to parents in the near future. There is still NO PRESSURE to volunteer at this time, but if we have willing volunteers for nursery or other ministries we want to begin finding ways to put their gifts to use. If you are comfortable and willing to help in nursery please contact the office if we haven't reached you yet. That would help us a ton!
 
The Lord's Supper
This Sunday we will be observing the Lord's Supper. To be considerate and careful we'll follow a different process than usual. There will be several stations throughout the building where the elements can be  collected before the service . You can then take them to your seat and hold on to them where we'll take it together early in the service. The elements are in sealed packages for sanitary reasons. We expect this format to be temporary and appreciate how encouraging you have been as we've navigated these strange times.  

Live-Stream Update 
Our Live-Stream issue has been corrected and we're streaming again without any audio glitches. Thank you to Wade and a handful of other helpers that have been working on getting that up and running again. 

Available Bible Studies/Fellowship Opportunities
We continue to host our Judges Bible Study at the Kitch House on Wednesday nights at 6:30PM. We enjoy sharing our house and it's been a sweet time of fellowship. If you want to come AND bring your kids you are welcome to do that. We've found things to do with the kids each week, just for them. Let us know if you want to bring your kids along. They are welcome! 
Here are all the Bible studies currently available through our church:
  • Monday Morning Men's Group (Contact the office for time and place details)
  • Men's Thursday Noon Bible Study (In-person at Discovery Church)
  • Women's Bible Study at 9:00AM on Thursdays (Now meeting in person and on ZOOM)
  • Wednesday Night Bible Study in Judges at 6:30PM. This study is in-person at the Kitch house (903 E. 19th) and on ZOOM

For your joy and God's glory!

Pastor Cory

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