Volume LXX, No. 26 | June 28, 2020
Worship at First
Sunday, June 28

Morning Worship
8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
" The First Formal Worship Service after the Exile (Part 1)” 
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
“The First Formal Worship Service after the Exile (Part 2)”
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas


We will be live-streaming our services on Sunday
at 8:30, 11:00 a.m., and 6:00 p.m.
For those who do not have internet capabilities, the morning sermon is also broadcast on 1320 AM radio at 11:00 a.m.



Bulletins will be available by noon on Fridays.

Return: Rules and Postludes

Many of us have watched a meme where worshipers coming back to church after the pandemic are behaving hysterically due to the excitement of it all. And, typically, these memes have a caption that says, “What worship will be like when we get back.” A friend of mine in Singapore texted me this week to say that because of this fear, Singapore authorities have allowed groups of only 50 to meet in church, but they will not be permitted to sing. No First Amendment concern in Singapore! 

Our re-entry will not be what these memes suggest, but we are no less enthusiastic about the re-entry. In over four decades of ministry, these last 15 weeks have been the strangest. As I wrote in the letter I sent to you last week and underlined in the video about re-entry, the rules may seem excessive. However, they represent what almost every church has been doing. And even if you don’t agree with this or that part of it, let us, in the interests of unity, play our part until we can get to the other side of this season. I fully expect that we will evolve as weeks and months go by.

In the meantime, many of our brothers and sisters will remain online for a season, some longer than others. I refer to those with medical conditions, especially the seniors. One of our seniors wrote suggesting I refer to them as the “silver volunteers” who choose to give their seats so that others may use them instead and continue to worship virtually (all three services will be streamed at 8:30, 11:00, and 6:00). So, I want you to reach out to our “silver volunteers” and thank them for their generous and compassionate care for the rest of the church family.

One feature of our on-line streaming service over the last 15 weeks has stood out to me — the ability to listen to Thomas Russell’s postlude without the added chatter that often drowns it out. Due to the manner of egress (row by row), we will be asking the congregation to sit until the postlude is over before exiting the building. Good things come out of trials!

 Derek Thomas
                    Senior Minister

2020 Thornwell Lectures

Our speaker for Sunday, June 25 is Dr. Jon D. Payne. Dr. Payne serves as the organizing pastor of Christ Church Presbyterian in Charleston, South Carolina. He previously served for ten years as pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Douglasville, Georgia. He is a trustee with the Banner of Truth Trust, the Executive Coordinator of the Gospel Reformation Network, and a trustee of Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Newcastle, UK. Dr. Payne is series co-editor of The Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament and the author/editor of numerous books including John Owen on the Lord’s Supper, In the Splendor of Holiness: Rediscovering the Beauty of Reformed Worship for the 21st Century, A Faith Worth Teaching: The Heidelberg Catechism’s Enduring Heritage, and A Faith Worth Defending: The Synod of Dort’s Enduring Heritage. Dr. Payne and his wife, Marla, reside in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, with their two teenage children, Mary Hannah and Hans. Dr. Payne will speak on “What is Jesus Doing Today with Worship?”

The Flowers in the Sanctuary 

Are given to the glory of God and in honor of the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Mike and Delaine Blackwell on June 20 by their sons, Chris and Jason, and their families.
Church Family
Christian sympathy is extended to:
Laura and Jim Newman on the death of her father, Leo Metzler, on June 18.

Congratulations to: 
Cathy and Ken Wingate on the birth of their granddaughter, Miriam Ruth Wingate, on June 17. The grateful parents are Jeanette and Bryan Wingate. The grateful great-grandmother is Peggy Wingate Benson.  

Items for Church Family?
Contact Lisa Eargle at leargle@firstprescolumbia.org.
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