Pastor adjusts on fly, quickly creating service in face of flood

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CADIZ, Ky. (KT) — Churches have had to be creative this past year in dealing with constantly changing situations related to the coronavirus. That creativity showed up in a new scenario on Feb. 28, but it had nothing to do with the virus.


As easy rains resulted in flash flooding in portions of Trigg County, Nic Clark started receiving calls prior to the services of Oak Grove Baptist Church, where he has pastored for past two years. Church members alerted him by calls and text messages that the three roads which lead to the church were all flooded, making it impossible for people to get there.


Clark quickly improvised and the Sunday morning worship service was held, on time, but not in person. He was able to get the message out to his congregation to tune in at the regular meeting time to the church’s Facebook page.


From the parsonage, he utilized Facebook Live to conduct the service, which featured music, prayer and a sermon — and he handled all those responsibilities. The piano was a gift to him from his wife. 


The service began after Clark placed his cell phone camera on the piano, showing the keyboard. He proceeded to play four well-known classic hymns — Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, I Stand Amazed in the Presence, ’Til the Storm Passes By and Since Jesus Came into my Heart.


Then he took his Bible and preached from 2 Thes. 3:16-18. After the sermon, he prayed and dismissed the 40-minute service by returning to the keyboard and playing Just As I Am.


Since it was live, there was no editing, no do-overs. Clark was the only one seen, although his wife and three children were there in the home.


Numerous comments were posted on the church’s Facebook page about the service. One woman wrote, “Our preachers plays (the) piano??? Wow, great, actually fantastic job. I did not know this.”

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