WORSHIP SERVICE ATTENDANCE UPDATE

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dear Paramount Members and Guests, After careful consideration over the last month, we’ve decided to adjust our Sunday attendance. This coming Sunday, July 26, our morning worship will take place in the sanctuary AND in the ABF Room (aka Fellowship Hall).  All church members and guests are invited to attend church every Sunday, with the ABF Room utilized as an overflow room. The ABF room will seat 12 households (social distanced), joining the live stream on a television and speaker. Our current attendance rotation will end, and Sunday morning seating will be first come, first served. Thus, those who wish to sit in the sanctuary should plan to […]

Church Attendance Update

Reading Time: 3 minutes Paramount Family, As of today, Coronavirus numbers continue to climb and it seems that new guidance is released every day. Some parts of our community are opening back up while others are shutting their doors again. As pastors we remain committed to both the physical and spiritual health of our church family and our neighbors. We know that this is a deadly virus and the number of cases continues to grow. We also recognize that the Bible places a high premium on the gathering of the church and that any decision not to gather should not be taken lightly. We are grateful for your prayers for […]

SUCH PATIENCE IS IN LOVE

Reading Time: < 1 minute Yesterday, I quoted in my sermon a poem by William Cowper. Perhaps most famous for his hymn “God Moves in A Mysterious Way,” Cowper walked a dark and heavy road. His life was plagued by depression, thoughts and even attempt of suicide. But the grace of God carried William forward, and drew from his heart a gospel refrain. Read the poem again below: ‘I love the Lord,’ is still the strainThis heart delights to sing:But I reply–your thoughts are vain,Perhaps ’tis no such thing. Before the power of love divineCreation fades away;Till only God is seen to shineIn all that we survey. In gulfs of […]

WITH OUR HEAD IN THE CLOUDS

Reading Time: 2 minutes I love to lie outside in the grass, To watch the clouds in the sky as they pass. I love to imagine the shapes that I see. Some look like animals and people to me. I’ve seen turtles, chipmunks, and cuddly bears. I once saw a monkey that lost all his hair. Some clouds are thick and some are thin. Did I tell you, I saw a pink and blue hen? Some clouds move fast, but most are slow. Just yesterday, I saw a three-headed crow. There’s a mom kangaroo with her jumpy son, Joey. And close behind them creeps a cat named Cloe. Galloping across […]

GRACE-FILLED CHURCH MEMBERS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

Reading Time: 2 minutes Tomorrow we begin our slow return to regular corporate worship at Paramount Church! I’m thankful for church members who have expressed in text, and email, and in person their support, understanding, love, and joyful cooperation during a challenging time for the church. They have honored, supported, encouraged, advised, spoken well of, defended, and spoken well of their leaders. Pastors experience unique challenges in the midst of these troubles, and grace-filled church members make the difference. Here’s an good example used with permission: Hi! I just wanted you three [pastors] to know that I pray for you always, but especially this week. I can’t even begin to […]

RESTART SCHEDULE

Reading Time: < 1 minute Beginning June 7, Paramount Church plans to resume Sunday corporate worship at 10:30 am. Thank you for responding to the Church Restart Survey. Based on those responses, a link to the attendance schedule will arrive by text or email (not publicly posted online). At this point, we will follow a two-week rotation through the beginning of July, at which time we will reconsider our plans moving forward. We ask anyone who attends church in person to observe COVID safety guidelines. In particular, we encourage everyone (except those leading from the platform) to wear masks and practice social distancing. If you are not able to bring […]

NEEDED CALM

Reading Time: < 1 minute What do I love about the Apostle Paul? I love his apparent calmness. When I look at Paul in the Scriptures, I see a man who promotes calm trust in a loving God who sovereignly orchestrates all affairs of men.Paul doesn’t seem unfeeling or apathetic or low-energy. But in different kinds of circumstance and situations, he appears to instill calm reliance upon God. The present moment in our world–with its conflicts, uncertainties, political posturing, financial recession, and wide-spread double-mindedness–brings many occasions for people (even Christians) to panic or wring hands or want to wring necks. But the ministry of God’s grace, modeled by Paul says, […]

I’M SO VAIN

Reading Time: 3 minutes Reading a Puritan Paperback called The Way to True Peace and Rest has provoked me to think about some of the big obstacles to peace and rest. Early in my Christian life, a striking illustration of pride proved most helpful. To this day, I think about it regularly. It went like this: Imagine you walk into a room where people are sitting around tables. When you walk through the door, uproarious laughter explodes from the table in the far corner. Your first thought: They are laughing at me! Why? Do I have egg on my face? Is my zipper down? Do they not like me? In […]

LOW ON DISCERNMENT

Reading Time: < 1 minute Social media, press media, and a myriad of irresponsible voices are complicating our efforts to make sense of life in the modern world. It’s wild out there and our discernment is running low. I loved this book when it released, and it’s worth opening again now. If you don’t know, now you know. Go to Full Article Author: Rush