This evening, Dr. Roxburgh begins a study series entitled “Holy Habits: Spirituality for the 21st Century.” This series will examine some of the classical Spiritual Disciplines practiced by individuals through the centuries. A resource for this study is Richard Foster’s book, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth, in which he states that the only requirement for anyone on this journey is a longing after God. Foster quotes the psalmist who writes, “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the Living God.” (Ps 42:1,2) This study series is an invitation to a closer, deeper and more intimate relationship with God. Our Wednesday activities start at 5:30 p.m. with Fellowship Supper and a time of prayer and the Bible Study beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m., we gather in Memorial Chapel where we practice some of these spiritual disciplines. This half-hour service includes music, Scripture, prayer and silent meditation, followed by the celebration of Holy Communion. This time is designed for each worshiper to spend time alone with God’s word in silent meditation and prayerful celebration of Christ’s Spirit with us in those moments and in every moment of the day. If you are able, join us for these special times of worship, study and fellowship.
We are also looking forward to Jazz Vespers this Sunday at 6:00 p.m. in Drennen Hall. Invite a friend and join us for a casual evening of fellowship while enjoying some outstanding music performed by Cheryl Simonetti and the JV Band.
The Wednesday activities begin this Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. when we gather for Fellowship Supper, prayer, and the Quarterly Church Business Meeting followed by Choir Rehearsal at 7:15 p.m. The Congregational Council met Sunday afternoon and had a very productive meeting. Reports and recommendations from our church committees were discussed by the Congregational Council with some to be presented at the Business Meeting tomorrow evening. Additionally, several special events were added to the calendar and will be noted at the Church Business Meeting as well. The Continuity Committee, an ad-hoc committee appointed by the Deacons, will bring a report and recommendation to the church. The recommendation is regarding a possible space usage agreement with Iron City Church to use Southside Baptist Church’s sanctuary building on Sunday evenings for their weekly worship service. They are also interested in potentially using a large meeting space (Foster Auditorium or Drennen Hall) for a College Student Worship Service on Tuesday evenings. Dialogue between the leadership of Southside Baptist Church and Iron City Church has been in progress for a couple of months. This opportunity comes at a time when SSBC has reiterated its commitment to partnering with other churches and non-profits to increase our effectiveness of ministering in this community and to better use the resources entrusted to us by those who came before. Iron City Church has approximately 300 members with an average of 150-200 in attendance at their Sunday service and approximately 75 in attendance at their Tuesday gatherings. They have met for the last three years at Ramsay High School and are at a place of needing somewhere more appropriate for their worship and outreach. Details of the space usage agreement will be presented in the Business Meeting.
I look forward to seeing you all this Wednesday evening.
Our summer calendar of events includes a special time of fellowship on Thursday evening (7/25) at 6:30 p.m. in Drennen Hall. We’ll have homemade ice cream, cake and cookies. The ice cream is covered by a few volunteers; however, if you would like to bring a dessert to share with your church family, please do so. A variety of games will be available for everyone’s enjoyment, regardless of age or physical ability. Invite a guest to come with you, and give them the opportunity to experience the warmth and hospitality of SSBC.
The two regular weekly times of gathering, the Men’s Bible Study and Lunch at noon and the Communion Service at 5:30 p.m., will take place as usual. I look forward to seeing those able to attend any or all of these events this Thursday.
Then, this Sunday in worship, we will consider the subject of prayer considering the questions: Why do you pray? When do you pray? Does prayer make a difference? These few simple questions open a flood gate of opinions and ideas. We will examine Jesus’ words, look at what He taught his disciples about prayer, and reflect on how those words affect how we pray and how we live.
I hope to see you this week.
Join us this Wednesday, July 17 as we make an outing for a time of fellowship to the Birmingham Museum of Art for lunch and to view the art exhibits on display this summer. We will leave the church parking lot at 11:30 a.m. for those who would like to ride together. More information on this event is listed below. Please email the church to reserve a place or if you have more questions.
Another event in which SSBC participates is the annual Family Promise Fundraiser and Auction. This year, the event is scheduled to take place in the lower level of Brookwood Village on Thursday, July 18 at 6:00 p.m. This is a major event for Family Promise and an opportunity for all the congregations that support this important ministry to join together in support of the organization. Contact the church office for questions about tickets.
Also on Thursday evening, an opportunity for a brief time of worship is available at 5:30 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. The Communion Service is held each week and is designed for worshippers to spend a half hour in prayer, meditation, and in celebrating Holy Communion. I hope you will consider participating in these opportunities as we all seek to grow in our knowledge and devotion to Jesus the Christ and to one another.
The long, hot summer days are filled with activities that drain one’s physical, mental, and spiritual energy and vitality. A time and place to briefly retreat from the long hot days of summer may be exactly what you need to be refreshed and renewed. You can experience such a respite at the Thursday evening Communion Service resuming at 5:30 p.m. this evening in Memorial Chapel. This informal gathering provides worshipers an opportunity to pull away from the daily activities and noise of responsibilities and demands that clamor for our attention by providing an atmosphere for rest in the presence of Christ’s Spirit through music, meditation and prayer. I hope you will consider joining us at 5:30 p.m. to experience this time of worship. Enter the building through the 10th Court (porte cochere) entrance to the building where you will be directed to Memorial Chapel.
This Sunday, Dr. Henry Hobson will be delivering the homily in worship. Henry pastored churches in Louisiana, Alabama and Kentucky. He is a graduate of Samford University, B.A., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, M. Div., and Southern Seminary, D. Min. Henry, is a member of Southside and is currently a chaplain with Encompass Hospice. I know you will want to be present and hear Henry this Sunday.
Additionally, those interested are invited to a special outing next Wednesday, July 17, when we make a trip to the Birmingham Museum of Art for lunch and to see the exhibit on display this summer. More information on this event is listed below. Please email the church to reserve a place or to ask any questions you may have.
July is here and an air of excitement is present in anticipation of celebrating Independence Day with picnics, parties and of course, fireworks. In our celebration, on Thursday, July 4, we’ll be having our annual fellowship event, “Fellowship and Fireworks,” which will take place on our 10th Court lawn. We will gather in front of the porte cochere at 8:00 p.m. for watermelon and dessert and will watch the fireworks show with synchronized music, “Thunder on the Mountain,” which begins at 9:00 p.m. There will be games and activities for all ages. I hope you will come to this event and bring a friend, and if you are so inclined, you can bring a favorite dessert to share with everyone. If you are unable to attend, please have a safe and happy 4th, remember why we celebrate, and give thanks for the freedoms we enjoy in all facets of our lives.
I look forward to seeing you Thursday evening.
A look at mission efforts of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is the focus of our program tonight immediately following the weekly Fellowship Supper and a time of prayer. Your tithes and offerings to Southside Baptist Church and to the CBF Offering for Global Missions help support the field personnel and provide necessary resources to carry out these mission efforts. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly will be held in Birmingham this year from June 19-21. During the General Assembly, mission partnerships and new mission and minstry initiatives will be presented. We hope a number of our SSBC members will be able to attend the CBF General Assembly worship service on Wednesday, June 19; transportation from the SSBC to the Civic Center will be provide for those interested (you must be registered first to attend). More details on CBF and on the upcoming General Assembly are planned for our mid-week gathering.
You are also invited and reminded that this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. we will have our last Contemplative/Communion service until July 11, 2019, at which time we will resume the weekly schedule. Join us for a time of prayer, reflection and communion this Thursday.
On Sunday, we have the honor and privilege of participating in ordaining a new deacon to our deacon body. Tom Somers will be ordained after being elected in April to serve a three-year term. An ordination service is a very special service for the one being ordained and the church which ordains them. In this service, the one being called out to serve is affirmed by members of the church through words and pledges of support and affirmation. We look forward to this important event in the life of SSBC.