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.

Prepare for July 13 Worship

From Pastor Paul to the Worshiping Saints of God:

It is God’s commandment (from creation, Gen.2:3, and Mount Sinai, Exo.20:8-11) that we should set apart the Sabbath day. On it we are to turn toward God and away from everything else that usually captivates us. The Fourth Command begins, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” In the OT there was a meeting for worship (“a holy convocation”) commanded for all the people every Sabbath day:
Leviticus 23:1-3 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, These are the appointed feasts of the LORD that you shall proclaim as holy convocations; they are my appointed feasts. “Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the LORD in all your dwelling places.

In the New Testament the command and practice remain the same, never revoked, as demonstrated by the church in Troas:
Acts 20:7 On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. [Just like our services—Paul preached long and they celebrated the Lord’s Supper! Just like our services—someone fell asleep, but then poor Eutychus fell out the window, died and was, yes, “revivified,” and in a boring old worship service the power of Christ was surprisingly revealed.]
So, here are the hymns we will sing this Sabbath day in our holy convocation:

Hymn 2 … O Worship the King
Praise Songs
Hymn 302 … Come, Christians, Join to Sing
Hymn 543 … Around the Throne of God in Heaven

Your servant for the sake of Christ,

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