August 26th, 2012

Today's Message: Love and Service

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Glorifying God Is a Six-fold Activity

 

“To worship God is to recognize his worth or worthiness; to look God-ward, and to acknowledge in all appropriate ways the value of what we see. The Bible calls this activity “glorifying God” or “giving glory to God,” and views it as the ultimate end, and from one point of view, the whole duty of man (Ps. 29:2; 96:6; 1 Cor. 10:31).
Scripture views the glorifying of God as a six-fold activity: praising God for all that he is and all his achievements; thanking him for his gifts and his goodness to us; asking him to meet our own and others’ needs; offering him our gifts, our service, and ourselves; learning of him from his word, read and preached, and obeying his voice; telling others of his worth, both by public confession and testimony to what he has done for us. Thus we might say that the basic formulas of worship are these: “Lord, you are wonderful”; “Thank you, Lord”; “Please Lord”; “Take this, Lord”; “Yes, Lord”; “Listen everybody!”
This then is worship in its largest sense: petition as well as praise, preaching as well as prayer, hearing as well as speaking, actions as well as words, obeying as well as offering, loving people as well as loving God. However, the primary acts of worship are those which focus on God directly—and we must not imagine that work for God in the world is a substitute for direct fellowship with him in praise and prayer and devotion.” (James Packer)
 Submission of Our Nature to God
“True biblical worship so satisfies our total personality that we don’t have to shop around for man-made substitutes. William Temple made this clear in his masterful definition of worship:
For worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of mind with His truth; the purifying of imagination by His beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of will to His purpose—and all of this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable...” (Warren W. Wiersbe)

INDIA PASTOR SUPPORT

Once again we have renewed our commitment to support a pastor in India by giving $50 a month to the mission work of the Pilgrim Nazarene Church (PNC). We also were encouraged to give to the India orphanage. God has blessed the PNC India work and your giving has made a difference. Thanks to all, who have taken part in this ministry.

POT LUCK NEXT WEEK

Now that summer is over, we will be returning to our potluck dinners on the 1st Sunday of each month. It is a great time to get together to eat and have fellowship.  There will be a short service after the pot-luck around 2:00pm.  The evening service will be cancelled for the day.

REMINDER

A change has been made for our meeting time for Wednesday night Bible Study. We will now be meeting at 6:30pm and not 7:00pm. We appreciate everyone who has faithfully been here. We take time to sing a few choruses, have a time of prayer, give people an opportunity to give God praise, and a short Bible lesson from our pastor. Everyone one is invited.

PRAYER REQUEST

• Tamie Mahmood’s Family- Her father passed away
• Edith Wood- Her father passed away
• John Croy- Physical recovery
• Back to School for many of our children
• The presence of the Holy Spirit in our services