First Baptist Church of Texas City
From Our Pastor, Robert Miller:
Last Friday (I am writing this article the Tuesday after Easter) was Good Friday.
The staff had worked extra hard on our Good Friday Service.
We wanted it to be special since it had been three years since our last one.
We had planned for lots of music, pics, and special Scriptures.
Then on Good Friday, we got word that the power was out at the church. Texas-New Mexico Power Co. reported that it would be on by 6:00 p.m. That would give us just enough time to reset the audio-visual equipment and the computers for the service at 6:30.
We decided to have a Plan B if the electricity didn't come back on.
It would be an abbreviated service in front of the baptistry. 6:00 p.m. came, and we still didn't have lights.
So, we had the Good Friday service in the dark in front of the baptistry.
We didn't have sound, video, or lights.
We put out a few chairs, but most stood.
We gathered close so that we could hear.
A lot of the songs were acapella.
The sound off the marble floor in the foyer was terrific.
I gave meditations about what happened on Thursday and Friday of Holy Week, ending with the seven sayings from the cross.
The last is "It is finished!" The lights came on the last song with Marcy singing "Via Delarosa" as she sang the phrase “at Calvary.”
The service was not what we planned, but the response was overwhelming.
Everyone there talked about how powerful the service was, and they hoped that we would continue having our Good Friday service there in the foyer in front of the baptistry in the dark.
Afterward, I thought about all the work that had gone into preparing that service special.
A lot of that work had to be scrapped.
Our work was disrupted.
Yet, according to those who came, the service was one of the most memorable ever at First Baptist Church.
It is incredible how God works through our interruptions.
Most of my significant ministry in the past four and a half decades has come when God interrupted my plans or schedule. God's plan and timing are always best!