Friday, February 4, 2011

Weekly Worship

What would it be like for you to worship every week? Would it be a new experience, or an established part of who you are?
When we worship together, we enter into the presence of God.
Our worship is centered on prayer, praise and thanksgiving, all directed to God.
Worship is our time as the people of God to speak with God, to experience God’s presence in the Word and in the Sacraments, and to know Him and his untamed love for us.
It is not about us, it is not for us, and yet worship is a profound expression of who we really and truly are. We come to know who we are in the presence of the One whose we are.
Weekly worship is a gift from God.
Our worship invitation card includes the verse from the Psalms, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’”
The third commandment is “Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8.
This is not one of God’s suggestions, it is a commandment. The commandment itself is not what saves us, but it is a gift from God to show us how to live a real, whole and wonderful life.
Just as tithing is a statement about who is Lord of our finances, keeping the Sabbath is a statement about who is in Lord of our time.
Who, or what, do you worship?
Come and let God take your hand in comfort, transform your heart with awe, and speak to your mind through His Word.
Come to either of our Sunday services (8:30 a.m. (piano), or 10:00 a.m. (worship band)) and/or, if you can’t be here on Sunday, at one of our two Wednesday night worship experiences (6:00 p.m. potluck supper with Holy Communion, or 7:00 p.m. Evening Prayer & Bible Study).
Make plans now to meet to worship the one, true, living God every week and to encourage others to do the same.
We are better together!

Who Is Your God?

Why do people come to Christ, or join particular churches?
Every study done for the past 30 or so years has found the same thing.
Between 82 and 86 percent, depending on the study, come to Christ and join a Christian church because they are invited to do so by a credible witness.
That witness could be a close friend or a relative, someone they know and trust. It is someone who is credible.
How do you gain credibility as a Christian? Like any other relationship, you build it over time.
Our Six Marks of Discipleship emphasis in 2011 is designed to help us do just that by living in a way that reflects what we believe.
They are a means in which we embody the Christian life in a way that sets us apart, both by the way we live and the “why” we live that way. They help us live the abundant life that Jesus seeks for all who live in faith in Him (John 10:10). They are a visible answer to the question, “Who is your God?”
The Six Marks to not lead us to salvation. They are an expression of it. They help us lead others to Jesus Christ.