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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.

TPC Blog

Living the Good Life

Posted by Jeremy McKeen on

How do you live the good life? What do you need to know or do in order to really live life as it’s meant to be? Jesus taught that, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt.4:4). This means that there are two ways to pursue this sense of life to the full. There’s one approach that works and one that doesn’t.

What You Can’t Live On

What does Jesus mean by “live” and “bread”? The Greek word he uses for live is “zoe”, and it means the enjoyment or quality of life. It’s not the word “bios”, which is just the existence or quantity of life. This means that you can exist on bread alone, but you can’t live on bread alone. Now what is meant by bread? Bread means more than food; it’s a metaphor for the various material and physical things of life. It’s your career, your family, and your health - good things that you were meant to live with but never on. For example, in the very beginning of The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins’ life centered on maintaining the comforts of his hobbit hole. But when the wizard Gandalf invites Bilbo on an adventure, Bilbo follows and finally begins to live not just exist. The greatest treasure that Bilbo found on his journey was learning how to have a right relationship to the material things in this life. There’s no lasting meaning, hope and joy by anxiously trying to grasp or maintain the various “breads” of this world. You were meant to live with them, but never on them. So how do you truly live?

What You Must Live On

Jesus teaches that life to the full comes by living on every word that comes from God. Imagine that you’re looking out a window and you keep seeing a bird flying back and forth to a particular tree. This goes on for several hours until finally the bird lands and inches its way to it’s nest. Now, why was this bird going back and forth to this tree so many times? Because it lived on the tree. In a similar way, that’s how you are meant to be with the bible. People should be able to look at Christians and see them like little birds going back and forth to the bible. Why? That’s what they live on. God’s word is what calls you out of your safe hobbit holes of comfort and guides you, encourages you, and causes you to experience life as its meant to be. And Jesus wants you to live on every word, not on most of the words or your favorite words, but on every word of God. The entire bible is important, but how can you actually live on it?

How You Can Live On It

For many people, reading the bible with effectiveness and regular satisfaction can seem so out of reach. Here are some ways that can help:

1) Live on the word made flesh. Tim Keller said it this way, “Before you can live rightly on the word made text, you need to live on the Word made flesh.” Because Jesus, the Word made flesh, lived and died for you, you can read the word made text not to get or keep God on your side, but because you know in Jesus, he already is on your side.

2) Use a bible reading plan. In order to live on every word, it’s helpful to have a reading plan that guides you through the entire scriptures. As they say, “If you fail to plan, then you’re planning to fail.”

3) Show up even when you don’t feel like it. There will come a time when you don’t feel like reading God’s word. Read it anyway. You know how to show up for work when you don’t feel like going. Just do the same with God.

4) Come to the bible prayerfully. David prayed, “Open up my eyes that I might see wonderful things from your word.” He acknowledged that the problem was with him, not the scriptures. You can open up the word, but God must open up the word to you.

5) Go to get a feeding not a feeling. Your daily reading may not always taste like an amazing feast, but meals are like that. Sometimes you don't have this great experience, but you’re still being nourished. Likewise, trust that God’s word is transforming you even when it doesn’t feel like it is.

6) Take time to search the scriptures. God’s truth is also compared to gold that a man searches and finds. A search takes time and effort. Don’t skim the bible like a newspaper; search it like you’re digging for gold.  

7) Let the God of the scriptures search you. When you come to the bible, do you have the red pen or does God? Let God rearrange your understanding of an issue or situation, and be a doer of the word. Live your life on every word that comes from God and you will experience the good life.

Tags: bible, scripture, joy, life

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