First Baptist Church of Altavista

A Christ Centered Community Making Disciples to Transform the World

October 18, 2020





First Baptist Church 

1001 Bedford Avenue

Altavista, Va  24517


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Church Staff




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






Welcome to our Online Worship.   The title of my message for today is "A Life of Blessing."  The scripture is Psalm 134.  The psalmist offers an invitation and a command.  "Come, bless the Lord!"  This is a call to worship.  We are to bless God with our whole beings, body, mind and spirit.  In turn, the psalmist says, "May the Lord bless you."  May the  Lord be blessed today as we worship and may we receive a blessing.

Call to Worship

Opening Prayer

O God, you have, indeed, done great things.  May you be blessed today by our worship.  May we bless you with all of who we are, our bodies, our minds and our spirits.  Bless us, O Lord, by revealing yourself to us in a fresh and mighty way.   Change us, transform us, and mold us into the people you call us to be.  In the name of Jesus, we pray.  Amen.

Blessed Be the Lord, God Almighty


A Life of Blessing
Psalm 134

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Giving of Tithes and Offerings

Morning Prayer

O God, when we are carrying heavy loads, give us rest.
When we are exhausted from the daily grind, give us rest.
When we feel stressed from from the pandemic, give us rest.
When we grieve for ourselves and for others, give us rest.
When we think we can't go on, give us rest.
When we feel tired from being alone or feeling alone, give us rest.
When we feel far away from you, give us rest.
When we feel heavy with hopelessness, give us rest.

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Come to me. Get away with me and you will recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me.  Watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."---Jesus

Holy, Holy, Holy


The Lord bless you and keep you;  The Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you;  The Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.

Our Core Practices


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.