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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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Rest For Your Soul

Posted by Tom Brown on

Do you ever feel like it is impossible to please God? Do the commands of the Bible feel like hair-splitting regulations that only inhibit your joy? Are you so beat down by trying to live up to God’s standards that you just want to call it quits? Do you feel boxed up? Closed in? Setup to fail?

Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light,” (Matt. 11:28-30). Jesus says that Christianity isn’t a cumbersome load of obligations for you to fulfill, but rather a relationship where your soul will find rest. But if this is true, why does it often feel like the opposite? 

Just before the passage quoted above, Jesus says, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children…” (Matt. 11:25). What are “these things” that are “hidden?" He is speaking about the way of salvation for sinners. In this text Jesus is intentionally contrasting two common ways of relating to God. The first is the way of the “wise and understanding,” and the second is the way of the “little children.” In short, the comparison is between those who, through their own effort, are attempting to earn a prize, and those who through no work of their own are simply receiving a free gift. In this differentiation, the "wise and understanding" are striving to work their way to the top, and the "children" are simply glad recipients of the blessing of the Father. Which of these sounds most similar to the way you think of your Christian life? Would you say you are striving to earn or resting in what you have freely received? 

What was “hidden" from those trying to get to God on their own was the truth of the gospel, the one message of salvation for sinners. The gospel is the good news that the crushing yoke of our sin has been carried for us by another. Jesus took our yoke upon himself, and offers us his own. He took the full penalty for your sins and offers the free gift of his righteousness. We receive this gift by grace, through faith, like, "little children.” As a child in a family has no need to earn their place, neither can God’s love be earned through any amount of effort we exhibit. The way of salvation is hidden from the “wise and understanding,” but is, “revealed to the little children." The reason that Christianity feels impossible to so many people is because they are attempting to carry their own yoke, a burden that is too heavy for them to bear. Instead of looking to Jesus as Savior, they look to their own strength and performance. It is no wonder why many turn away from the faith weary and defeated, it is because they have never truly turned to the faith at all. They have tried to come to God through their own righteousness, being their own savior and bearing their own yoke, but this is the exact opposite of what Jesus councils us to do. 

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…” Can’t you see that the impossible burden on your soul is not from God? The Lord is not demanding that you measure up on your own. He is not insisting that we atone for our own sin, or that we repay all our spiritual debts. Instead he is calling out, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Christianity is scandalously different from every other religion in the world because our God, the one true God, saves and preserves even his enemies through the shedding of his own blood. Christianity is not about what you can do for God, but rather it is about receiving what God has done for you. There are many duties in the Christian faith, many ways in which true believers are called to live lives that are pleasing to God; but there is no duty that precedes or supersedes our calling to obey the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. What does it mean to obey the gospel? It means giving up all efforts to save yourself. It means confessing that you are a sinner in need of a Savior. And it means wholly believing and resting in Christ's finished work for you, as a “little child” rests in the arms of their father. It is only by taking the yoke of Christ upon ourselves that we come to see how deep is the Father’s love, and there only do we find true rest for our souls.

If you find yourself worn thin by trying to earn God’s love, STOP. You have nothing to offer to God until you have received what he offers you. Jesus is the Savior, and we are the saved. Believe in him.  

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