First Baptist Church of Altavista

A Christ Centered Community Making Disciples to Transform the World


May 20, 2020

FBC  

 

Address

 

F irst Baptist Church  

1001 Bedford Avenue

Altavista, Va  24517

 

Phone Number

 

434-369-5837

 

Website

 

fbcaltavista.org

 

 

Church Staff

 

 

Pastor

Dr. Michael S. Lee 

 

Director of Music

Donna Rosser

 

Parish Nurse

Alice Bond 

 

Administrative Assistant

Donna Ruff 


 


 

2020 Diaconate

 

Terry Finch, Chair

Larry Carroll

Bob Childress

Jim Funderburk

Melody Jennings

Anne Jones

Jorhn Jordan

Anita Phillips

Ozelle  Shelton

David Shreve

Debbie Thurman

Nancy Wilkerson

 

Online Giving

 

 

 



And rising very early in the morning., while it was still dark, he 
departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed

Mark 1:35

Silence and Solitude


Reflection Questions
  • Are you fearful of being silent or alone?  What might be behind this fear?
  • How much time do you carve out each day for silence?
  • What do you sense God is saying to you in the midst of your silence and solitude?
  • What things are distracting you from hearing the voice of God?
Spiritual Practices
  • Set aside some time each day for silence and becoming aware of God's presence.
  • Designate a place in your home where you can retreat for silence and solitude.
  • Try to spend a day or part of a day without the use of technology

Quotes

We are so afraid of silence that we chase ourselves from one event to the next in order not to have to spend a moment alone, in order not to have to look at ourselves in the mirror.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Practicing the art of attending to the Spirit involves us in  contemplative listening.  Such listening is quite distinct from the various ways in which we generally listen to another . . . it is holy listening, rooted in silence . . . It is primarily receptive, patient, watchful, and waiting.

Wendy Wright


The Prayer of Thomas Merton


Kate Campbell - Prayer of Thomas Merton



Benediction

May my soul be stilled in Your presence.  Free me from my propensity to fill my life with distractions and noise.  Enable me to fully embrace the joy of simply being in Your presence.  Amen.  







Our Core Practices



Fish

Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours.  Yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.