A Message from Senior Pastor Will Robinson 
 
April 2, 2020
 
Dear FPC family of faith,
 
We’ve contacted and heard from many of you, and we thank God you’re doing well.  Every day, however, more of us learn of people we know affected by this pandemic, and we also know its economic effects have impacted some of you as well as your family and friends.  So, again, let’s be on knees in prayer.  Today, I’m providing a prayer (in italics below) offered recently by N.T. Wright, an Anglican priest, prolific New Testament scholar, and “one of the most important apologists for the Christian faith since C.S. Lewis.”  In addition to Wright’s prayer, I’ve also prepared a video devotional, which you can access by clicking here.
 
Finally, in light of the governor’s order on Tuesday, the virus’s rapid advance and the increasing risk of infection/transmission, our worship this Sunday won’t be pre-recorded in the sanctuary as it’s been the past two Sundays.  Instead, it’ll be a pre-recorded worship service with its parts led from our respective homes.  As a worship team and staff, we believe this is not only prudent but also sets the right example of how best to “flatten the curve.”  Other churches are providing high-quality services like this, and we will, too.  Please pray for us as we prepare it and then join us on Sunday in wholehearted worship.
 
God is with us,
 
Will
 
“Gracious Father, on the cross your Son prayed, ‘My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?’  And so, I pray for all around the world who find themselves feeling abandoned by You, by fellow human beings, or by family who cannot see them.  In the name of Jesus and the power of his Spirit, will you come and be not only with them but with all of us, your suffering world at this time.  Give us fresh resources of faith.  Give to our leaders worldwide the wisdom of faith and science, to say the right things, and to encourage people.  I pray especially for the doctors and nurses and medical professionals and researchers looking for vaccines.  May new ways forward be found so that unnecessary deaths may be stopped and that proper care might be given to those who are inevitably dying.  I pray for all who are seriously ill right now, particularly for those who find breathing difficult.  Be near to them and somehow bring good out of this trouble.  As You have promised, “the whole earth will be full of the knowledge and the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea,” so give to us even in the present time a glimpse or a foretaste of that truth.  May we live by that hope, become people of hope, through whom hope can come to your wounded and waiting world.  We pray it all in Jesus’ name and for his sake.  Amen.”
 
 
 
First Presbyterian Church 
of Hilton Head Island
 
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Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
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