Heucks Retreat Newsletter 4/22/20

From Daniel’s Den…

“The Lord’s Supper: Commemoration, Communion, Consecration”

Jesus instituted the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper prior to His death. As He distributed the bread and drink to the disciples, Jesus spoke of the elements as symbols of his body and blood that would be shed for them for the remission of sin. He instructed his followers that the meal would serve as a memorial to him. Thus, observing the Lord’s Supper is a special and meaningful time of remembrance and reflection for Christians.

Speaking about the significance of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, Dr. Paul Powell, a long-tenured pastor and former president of the Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (now Guidestone Financial Resources) once said,

“Never was there a person who cared less about ritual than Jesus. The only two ceremonies He inaugurated and taught us to perpetuate were baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Both center in the Gospel and in our redemption. The Lord’s Supper symbolizes to me what happened to Jesus when he went to the cross. When Jesus went to the cross His body was broken and His blood was shed. When we went to the cross, the old person, dead in sin, was resurrected to a newness of life. So, the Lord’s Supper is a way I declare what I believe about Jesus Christ, and baptism is a way that I declare what I have experienced in Christ.”

Bill Kent, a Mississippi pastor pointed to the meaning of the Lord’s Supper by saying, “First, the Lord’s Supper reminds me that my sins are forgiven because Jesus died as my substitute. Second, it is a time of reflection on the past, present and future work of Christ as Redeemer, Intercessor and coming King…Third, I must reflect gratefully on the application of Christ’s blood to me personally to wash away all sin and I must search my heart thoroughly concerning unconfessed sin and harbored bitterness toward anyone.”

Herschel Hobbs, long-time pastor of the First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City, OK and noted Southern Baptist theologian stated, “The Lord’s Supper is to me a time of self-examination and rededication to my Lord.”

This Sunday, Heucks Retreat Baptist Church will be observing the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper. I would encourage you to make both spiritual and practical preparation to receive the Lord’s Supper. First, read Psalm 19:12-14 and Psalm 66:18-20. Examine your heart and ask the Lord to forgive you of any known or unknown sin. Second, collect the necessary elements prior to Sunday. The entire worship experience – songs, scripture, and message – will focus on the Lord’s Supper on Sunday. Although the presentation of and participation in the Lord’s Supper may be a little different than the norm, am looking forward to Sunday morning and I an excited about worshiping with you! I am also thrilled to be serving with you at HRBC!

Notes from Brett

I hope everyone’s had a great week.  Here at Heucks, we’ve been preparing for the Lord’s Supper.  Shoutout to Renee Cotton, Lisa Jackson, Barbara Moak, and Jackie Owens for the great setup in our sanctuary.  I can’t wait for all of you to see it this Sunday.  Reminder, for those of you who don’t have Facebook, you can go to hrbaptist.net and click on ‘Watch Us Live’ and see the entire service starting at 10:30 am every Sunday.  We can’t wait to have you join us.

Before I get into my notes, I did want to take a moment and do a short walkthrough of Online Giving.  Many have asked questions on how it works and what they need to do, so I hope this is helpful.
First, you’ll want to go to our website, hrbaptist.net.  Once you’ve arrived, the site will look something like the above.  At the top right, you’ll see ‘Online Giving’.  Click that button and it should redirect you to a different webpage.  If it doesn’t, it’s probably an issue with the link.  Let me know, and I should be able to fix it.  I’m not sure why, but it sometimes resets the link.
Next, you’ll arrive on a page that looks like the above.  From here, you’ll type in what you want to give.  You can then check the box for ‘Recurring Giving’ if you want this to be an automatic transaction each week, month, etc.  You can even choose the day of the week that it withdraws.  You’ll then type in your name and email for our records.

You’ll then scroll down and come to this section.  From here, you can choose to give through a card or a bank withdrawal.  Credit and Debit cards have a 2.8% transaction fee associated with them, while a bank withdrawal has a 1% transaction fee.  Once you type in all of the information, you can click Give and you should be all set.

Before I move on, I do want to remind you that you are still welcome to give through check or cash to the church directly.  This does help us avoid transaction fees, so do take that into account.  You can mail any checks you may have to the church office.

Heucks Retreat Baptist Church

2167 Heucks Retreat Road NE

Brookhaven, MS 39601

If you have any other questions about giving or are encountering issues, don’t hesitate to call.  I’d love to help resolve them.

A couple notes this week for you:

1.  The Lord’s Supper is coming up this week!  On April 26th, we will have the Lord’s Supper as part of our morning worship service.  We are encouraging families to purchase bread and juice for their family so that you can partake at your home.  While this is definitely different than how we’d normally do the Lord’s Supper, we believe it will be a very special moment for families together, somewhat similar to how Candelight Christmas Eve is.  So begin preparing now so that you are ready when the day comes.  And the best part is you get to choose the bread!  Do I hear someone saying cinnamon bread?

2.  We are currently collecting email addresses to mail out this newsletter and any other communication we might need.  If you haven’t yet sent us your email address, please text 601-757-4140 with your email address.  If you’d prefer to receive a physical copy, or if you have family members that would need a physical copy, please let us know so we can be sure that everyone in our church family is connected and receives communication.

If there are any prayer concerns that we are unaware of, please call the church office and let us know.  Thank  you for being such a great church.  Continue to love each other and we’ll get through this pandemic together.