One Family Worship…
Justin Martyr was executed for his faith around A.D. 165. His writings and leadership helped shape and influence countless believers. He has given the oldest non-biblical description of Christian worship we have. He wrote, “On the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read as long as time permits. Then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things.” The “writings of the prophets” is a reference to the Old Testament, and the “memoirs of the apostles” refers to the New Testament. True worship will invariably lead us "to the imitation of these good things” as we praise Him with our lips and hear His Word with our ears.
I am excited about our new monthly Sunday evening format. It kicks off today at 5:00 PM and I want you and our entire RBC family to be here for this celebration of worship. We’re calling it One Family Worship because we want both our 8:15 and 10:50 AM worship services to gather as one big family, once each month on the 1st or 2nd Sunday evening. Our combined music will feature our choir, orchestra and contemporary band leading us in songs and praise to God. I will follow with a message entitled, “A God Given Strategy for Victorious Living.”
But don’t leave following the service, rather come and enjoy a time of fellowship and food in the Recreation Fitness Center. Since this is our “Kick-off” event, there will be hamburgers and hotdogs right off the grill along with plenty of snacks. So, come full of joy in your heart and hunger in your stomach.
Ridgecrest Academy of Discipleship…will begin on September 15thas the second phase of our new Sunday evening format. It will also meet at 5 PM each Sunday when we are not doing the once monthly One Family Worship event. There are many classes to sign up for that will be helpful for all ages. For example, I’ll be leading a course titled, “Becoming a Man of God: Dealing with 24 Issues that Men Face.” And there are so many others to choose from. You can sign up today in the Welcome Center, online at our website, or this evening at our gathering. But by all means, sign up. So, here is what I am asking you to do… Today at 5 PM Show Up for One Family Worship. And if you have not already done so, Sign Up for one of the RAD (Ridgecrest Academy of Discipleship) courses.
Imagine what a heavy schedule of appointments President Abraham Lincoln had to keep day after day. Yet when an elderly woman with no official business in mind asked to see him, he graciously consented. As she entered Lincoln's office, he rose to greet her and asked how he might be of service. She replied that she had not come to ask a favor. She had heard that the President liked a certain kind of cookie, so she had baked some for him and brought them to his office. With tears in his eyes, Lincoln responded, "You are the very first person who has ever come into my office asking not, expecting not, but rather bringing me a gift. I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
In a similar way, let’s all gather at 5 PM today, not asking or expecting something of God but rather bringing something to God… us, ourselves, bringing Him the gift of our worship. And remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your Pastor!
For God’s Glory Alone,