"With God, there is always hope"
Lamentations 3:19-26 19 “I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. 20I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. 21Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore, I will wait for him." 25The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; 26it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
Spring…what a joy it is to see life emerging from the cold, short and dark days of winter! Life breaks forth simultaneously, about God’s creation, with such amazing energy that cannot, in any way, be created or matched by man. Following Easter morning, all of creation…birds, trees, flowers, and all animals begin the renewal and propagation of life. How can anyone deny the Creator’s hand in this annual event? More importantly, those of us who know Christ can feel a renewed sense of hope.
The Prophet Jeremiah was lamenting over God’s judgement on the Jewish people and the Babylonian capture of Jerusalem. Yet, amid his sorrow for the ruins of his beloved city and his own personal anguish, Jeremiah still saw a ray of hope. Despite the charred buildings and smoldering rubble, he found hope in that God was still with him. This should let each of us know, wherever God is found, hope is always near.
A Hope for Bethlehem Baptist Church in 2021
We have amazing group of people who make up the Senior Leadership of your church. We also have an amazing and resilient congregation, who in spite of the oppressive COVID setbacks have persevered because of our hope in Christ Jesus. Determined, we as the body of Christ, are all are working diligently to continue to build the Kingdom of God and to reach the lost to let them know that there is hope for a life with Him that it is worth living, fighting and dying for.
Worship Team Progress for 2021
Audio/Visual/Livestream: We are still tweaking our audio/visual mixing for our livestream video of each service. This is a new and important way to reach people to share the Gospel beyond our church walls and for members who cannot worship physically. Therefore, additional training and equipment may be needed in the future to enhance this virtual form of our worship.
Men of God: This group of men warms my heart. As the future foundation for our choir after covid, this men’s group is preparing offertory specials for the future. And, in the process, developing good harmony and solo skills.
Youth Music Development: We are now spending some time on Sunday evenings to develop the young music talent we have in our congregation. As each becomes better on their instrument learning timing and reading music, they will be employed in different parts of our worship service. Eventually, the end goal is to see a youth worship team that can stand on its own and lead congregational music.
Quasi-Choir: This eclectic mix of singers are derived from our Praise Team, Men of God, and remnants of our Celebration Choir. This group did a wonderful job at Easter singing “So Rich a Crown”. Further we added some orchestration with a string reduction played on the keyboard that accented their singing. We will continue this group until the covid oppression allows us to sing praises to our Creator without worrying about social distancing or trying to sing with masks on.
In closing, we are still utilizing the “adapt and overcome” strategy as the covid restrictions try to constrain us. We have hope because…”if God is on our side, then who can stand against us”. Further, I want to thank all of the dedicated folks who make up our Worship Team. Thank you for your dedication and sharing your talent for the Kingdom of God.
In His Service and for His Glory,
Jon H. Vosburg lll
Music Director/Bethlehem Baptist Church