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Many people would say that's the sound of a church service on any typical Sunday morning. Deadly boring... soapy platitudes... hypocritical denunciations... prudish warnings against anything real and deeply pleasurable... ranks of drowsy worshipers putting in their mandatory time in "God's house" before being released once more to life outside the dim stained glass, behind which they comfortably deposit most of their religion until the next weekend.

If that's Christianity, who wants it?

On the contrary, Christianity is a face-to-face reunion with God. Visit our "Eyewitnesses" section to read how Jesus Christ is wonderfully alive and busy in the world today, bringing people to life. As people believe in him and open their hearts and lives to him, they find that he is undeniably real, powerful, and good. Our earnest hope is that you also will become an eyewitness of his majesty.

Author Archive

Train Up a Child

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Teacher Appreciation Day

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Musician Appreciation Day

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Universal Zombie Syndrome & Jesus—the Cure?

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John Silva Piano Concert April 2

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Join us for an evening with classical pianist John Silva on Saturday, April 2, at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.

The Philadelphia-based pianist specializes in solo recitals and is a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music. He is passionate about the intrinsic sound of the piano; his playing is characterized by a distinctive use of tone and color. His teachers include the renowned pianist Abbey Simon, Jonathan Miles Freeman, and Robert Marler. He is a composer and has written both secular and sacred works for piano, voice, solo instruments, and ensembles. He is also a teacher with a private studio and offers lessons in classical piano, theory, and ear training.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

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Undivided Attention

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One of our children had the teacher all to herself at a recent Sunday school class at New Life! Actually, another girl arrived after this photo. They learned, in the book of Genesis, about the garden of Eden, how God instructed Adam and Eve to tend and keep the garden and take care of the animals, and how God also instructs us to take care of our own plants, animals, and other responsibilities.

Easter Hymns

 
Dear Singing Saints:

The Bible says that, as a Christian, you have already shared in Christ’s resurrection from the dead through your faith in him and the resulting union you have with him. This is being born again (John 3), becoming a new creation in him (2 Cor. 4, 5), passing from death into life because you have heard the voice of the Son of God call you from your grave (John 5), being made alive together with Christ (Eph. 2), being alive to God in Jesus Christ—and therefore we should “present ourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life” (Rom. 6:13).

The ultimate way to present yourself to God as alive from the dead is to gather with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s Day and to invoke Christ as Lord over you. If you do this on Lord’s Day by Lord’s Day, denying your flesh and publicly wearing the hated name “Christian,” confessing him before men, there will come a final Lord’s Day when Christ himself will invoke his own and his Father’s name over his assembled people, whose names are written in heaven, and we shall be saved. Assembling and worshiping Christ now is the best way to know you will share in that assembly and worship forever. It is dress rehearsal for the second coming.

And now for your parts! We will sing the hymns below to the resurrected Christ above:

282 … Lift Up, Lift Up Your Voices Now
268 … Welcome, Happy Morning!
271 … Sing, Choirs of New Jerusalem!
(Lord’s Supper) Gloria Patri

Your brother in Jesus,
Pastor Paul

Prepare for February 15 Worship

 
Dear Singing Saints:

Here are the hymns you will sing together to the Lord on this Lord’s Day:

58 … Splendor of God’s Glory Bright
176 … Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus
92 … A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
473 … Jesus Sinners Doth Receive

O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit. 4 Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. 5 For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning… You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, 12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever! [Psalm 30:3-12]

Your servant for the sake of Christ,
Pastor Paul

Prepare for February 1 Worship

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Dear Singing Saints:

On Sunday, as we together worship Christ with regenerate hearts, we will sing with one voice the new song that only the redeemed can learn—

And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. Rev 14:2-3 [the 144,000 here represent the totality of the redeemed]

The hymns you will sing with one voice as part of that new song are:

558 … That Man Is Blest
248 … Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended
421 … Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness

Your servant for the sake of Christ,
Pastor Paul