The Epistle - December 2017 - Vol. 22, No. 10

The Epistle - December 2017 - Vol. 22, No. 10

From Bethlehem to New Life 2 Have you been saved by grace through faith in what Christ accomplished on the cross and His resurrection from the dead? If you are a believer, celebration of Christmas should have a deep, personal, profound, and joyous meaning for you. For our salvation, our redemption from slavery to sin, was catalyzed by the amazing work of God, bringing Christ into this world, born in a manger. We celebrate Christmas once a year. For believers, it’s an incredible celebration every moment of our lives. May the blessed joy of the First Advent be with you, all the days of your life. In Christ, Pastor Fred = Continued from page 1 The word worship evolved from “Worth‐ship,” meaning that God is worthy of our adoraƟon. True worship isn’t just about sing‐ ing praise songs at church.  Nor is it about puƫng 10% of our earnings in the offering basket.  And it’s certainly not only about  meditaƟng on His Word.  It is instead about how we live our lives with an always enduring aƫtude toward the adoraƟon of our  God and Savior.  Sure, each of the elements listed above are acts of worship.  But one thing does not outweigh another.  In the Reformed tradiƟon of our Church, the Westminster Shorter Catechism states that the “Chief end of man is to glorify God  and enjoy Him forever.”  In essence, this is our act of worship.  It stands to reason then that our Sunday Worship Service is fo‐ cused on glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.  Therefore, our parƟcipaƟon in this corporate act of adoraƟon is pleasing to  God, every piece of it.  When scripture is recited in the opening call to worship, it is a proclamaƟon of God’s greatness as we stand in unity.  As we sing  our praises and welcome Him into our presence, we are expressing our love for our Savior.  ParƟcipaƟon through offering is an  acknowledgment that we are His to command as He wills.  Being edified through scriptural teaching is a means to soak in and  enjoy a piece of God’s heart.  The Sacrament of Communion is a reminder and celebraƟon of our Lord’s grace.  As you fellow‐ ship in the sanctuary or courtyard, you are experiencing the Koinonia afforded to His believers, and tasƟng a liƩle glimpse of  Heaven itself. In essence, every part of our service is about worship.  And this worship conƟnues throughout the week, not just  on Sundays.  The next Ɵme you come to church, I would encourage you to take the Ɵme think about what you are there to do.  As you walk  through the courtyard, prepare you heart for worship and enter His courts with praise.  As you parƟcipate in the service, imag‐ ine yourself among the saints described in RevelaƟons 5:11‐14 (ESV).  11  Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, number‐ ing myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,  12  saying with a loud voice,   “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,  to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might  and honor and glory and blessing!”  13  And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,   “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb  be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”  14  And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.  And as you go on about your lives throughout the week, see if you can carry this aƫtude of adoraƟon toward God with you  everywhere you go.  If you can do that, even for just a liƩle while, I truly believe that you will be blessed.  More importantly,  God will be pleased with your worship.  From Masaaki Uchida  Your Humble Worship Elder     = Meaning of Worship

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