Why Worship as One?

Remember this coming Sunday is a Worship as One Sunday at St. John’s. We’ll be in Christ Hall at 10:30.

The sermon title is Manure Happens and Tiffany will be leading our praises. Disclaimer: there is no connection between the sermon title and Sunday’s music leader 🙂

Some of you ask and wonder why we do this and why in Christ Hall?

Prayerfully consider the following reasons:

1. Most importantly are the words from Jesus we find in John 17:20-21 – “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

Jesus longs for us to be one because our unity is reflective of who God is himself – A unity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Furthermore, our unity is a sign of our allegiance to Christ and is a witness to a world divided and in conflict and in need of peace. Simply put, Christians MUST lead in ministries of reconciliation. Our unity becomes part of our witness.

2. As members of St. John’s, we need to know that our congregation, our church family, is bigger than our pew, our section of the sanctuary or Christ Hall, and bigger than even our favorite service time. It’s a great chance, then, to see we are a part of something bigger than our typical routines. And it’s a great opportunity to see people you’ve lost touch with or haven’t seen in awhile. 

3. It’s a way to show Christ we are grateful. Having shared the last few weeks from those who live under the threat of persecution, we recognize we are free to worship when and where we please. How great a miracle! We celebrate it together… as one.

4. It’s a way to remind ourselves we are commited to One greater than us. Christ calls us to serve him, his church, and our neighbor. Worshiping as One at a different time and a different location is a practice that reminds us that we don’t gather merely for our benefit but for the glory of God and the good of others. (ie Christ sacrificed for us and at times we are make sacrifices for him and our neighbor.)

5. We worship in Christ Hall on these Sundays because we hold many of our other special services in the sanctuary (eg Christmas Eve, Christmas, Lent, Advent).

6. We worship in Christ Hall because on some of these Sundays (and should be ALL of these Sundays) we don’t have enough room to gather in the sanctuary.

7. We gather at 10:30 for a consistent time because on some of our Worship as One Sundays we gather together for breakfast and on some we gather for lunch. This time slot allows us to be consistent in our time and to fellowship around either of these meals.

Let us together finish the year strong, thanking God for his blessings, and worshiping as one!

Grace and Truth,

Reverend John

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