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Starting June 21, we will resume holding one 10am Worship Service at the Rosarian Academy each Sunday. We will only allow 85 people to attend each Sunday, and you must reserve your spot online. A list of our social distancing operating procedures is outlined below:

Re-Opening Procedures for Live-Services with Live-Streaming

Safety: The safety and well-being of our members is paramount. During the reestablishment of worship services, the social distancing requirements of the CDC, state and local authorities will be followed.

Signup: Seating will be limited due to social distancing requirements. Eighty-five congregants will be able to sign up online to attend. The signup will include electronically signing a waiver as required by the Rosarian Academy, our host. Those not signed up may not enter the building on Sunday.

  • At-Risk Individuals: TPC is asking at-risk individuals to continue to restrict themselves from community worship in compliance with the stated policies of the local, state, and federal government. Guidelines for understanding who is at risk can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/groups-at-higher-risk.html.
  • Children: Families are asked to realistically evaluate their child(ren)’s ability to conform to social-distancing requirements, and to understand normal child-care offerings are not possible with current social-distancing regulations. There will be no nursery or children’s ministry classes at this time.

Building Use: Only the theater lobby, theater lobby bathrooms, and theater will be used. There is to be no congregating in the lobby. The main building lobby will be sealed off and not used.

  • Entry and Exit: Entry and exit to the theater will through the main theater entrance doors only. Entrance will start at 9:30am and doors will be closed at 10am. Masks are required.
  • Seating: Every other row of seats in the theater will be roped off. There are to be 3 open seats between family or friend groups.  Upon entering, attendees will be guided to their seats by ushers, filling the front rows first. At the end of the service, rows will be dismissed one at a time from the back first.

Not Available/ Not Provided: Nursery and Sunday school classes will not be provided. There are no changing tables in the bathrooms. Drinking fountains will be turned off. Coffee will not be provided. Communion will not be served. Communion will not be served.

Patience And Love: We understand we cannot meet everyone’s hopes, needs, and expectations. A limited return to services can cause division between members, or between the church and the community. The TPC family needs to be ready to embrace imperfect decisions in an imperfect situation. Some will think that the church is being too stringent and others that it is not stringent enough. Please be patient and loving.

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#8 Eyewitnesses of His Majesty

Posted by Tom Brown on

This blog entry is part of a series through the book of 2nd Peter.

Text: 2 Peter 1: 16-19

“For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts…"

We Were Eyewitnesses
Consider what a convincing reality it is that men and women walked with Jesus. They were with him in the extraordinary and in the mundane, they camped with him, they ate with him, they were there on groggy mornings and late nights, during times of joy and times of sadness… and after being with Jesus Christ in every facet of life for three years their conclusion was unanimous: He is God. After three years of walking, talking, living and lodging with the man called Jesus of Nazareth, the collective proclamation of those who knew him best was that he was truly the Messiah foretold by the prophets, God in the flesh, Emmanuel. 

Having now been two-thousand years since these events took place it is easy for us to forget that the Bible was written through the hands of men who, “were with him on the holy mountain,” men who heard the very voice of the LORD thunder from the heavens, men who at the risk of their own reputations and lives penned the very parchments from which we derive the Bible. This is what Peter means when he says, “For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.” He wants you to know that the things he is writing about are not legends passed down to him by storytellers and entertainers, these are events in which he himself was a participant. 

Something More Sure
But then, just as you would think Peter had reached the pinnacle of his argument he lands the final blow with these six words, “And we have something more sure…” What a truly shocking statement. What could possibly be deserving of more confidence and clout than our own personal experience? His answer is the “prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention.” The chief exhortation of the Apostle in these verses is that his readers put more confidence, conviction, and reverence on the inerrant Word of God than upon even what they see and hear with their own senses. Peter is giving us perhaps the highest view of Scripture offered in the Bible by insisting that the trustworthiness of God’s Word supersedes every other source of understanding in existence. For the Christian, the Word of God is to be held high above every other word, thought, idea, perspective, experience and encounter, bar none. The Word of God is the final authority in all matters of life. This does not mean that our math books have no place, or that our science experiments are of no value, rather it means that all these things find their greatest value when understood and employed under the authority of God’s revealed Word. Anything that contradicts the Bible is to be regarded as false, with no exceptions. This very concept rubs us the wrong way, it feels restricting and confining, but in fact it is the very foundation for our confident expectation of eternal life with God in the new heavens and the new earth. If God’s Word is not infallible, what confidence can we have in any of the "precious and very great promises" therein? (We will see more on why this is the case in the next blog entry, #9, “Men Spoke From God”).

A Lamp Shining
The "prophetic word" is metaphorically spoken of in verse nineteen as, “a lamp shining in a dark place.” The singular form, “a lamp,” is very important for us to take note of. This metaphor means to imply that there is only one source of light by which anyone anywhere can see into what is otherwise dark. That source is the flawless Word of our heavenly Father. 

Dear Christian, take care that you do not neglect these truths. You are either walking by the "more sure" light of God’s Word, or you are walking by the deceitful flickering of your own understanding. Building every area of your life upon the foundation of God’s Word is an unmistakable must. If all else falls away, if all our human senses deceive, if false teachers rise up and the church at large becomes overrun with delusions and heresies… still there be a safe harbor for the true believer, a sure anchor in every tempest, the unchangeable Word of your heavenly Father to which you will do well to pay attention. 

Let us hold fast to the Word of God as our supreme authority in all matters of life and godliness.  

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