My Fellow Believers,
“God is not greater if you reverence Him, But you are greater if you revere (serve) Him” -St. Augustine. Ancient reverence is needed for end time living.
Reverence in the House of God
“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe.” Hebrew 12: 28.
Reverence has its foundation in our hearts, reflecting who God is to us, in relation to the rest of the Universe. What a God we serve! Eternal, almighty, omnipresent, all knowing, holy, and amazing in grace and mercy. How can we show reverence to Him?
1. Embrace a general attitude of respect for things pertaining to God.
2. Enter the sanctuary quietly and prayerfully.
3. Focus on the worship.
4. Turn off phones or put them on silence if you really may need to use them.
5. Follow the lead worshipper and participate, as much as is possible, in reading the Bible, singing, and praying, assuming the necessary posture.
6. Worship from your heart with repentance, recommitment, and thanksgiving that you are alive and in church.
7. Stay in place as long as possible, without leaving and reentering the sanctuary frequently.
8. Receive your blessings and leave gretefully and prayerfully.
“Common talking, whispering, and laughing should not be permitted in the house of worship either before or after the service. Ardent, active piety should characterize the worshippers” - Ellen. G. White.
Mission First for Christian Education
Within days our educational institutions will be opened for the new school year. Critical to our mission are our children. Let us sacrificially do everything to ensure that they are enrolled and prepared for school. “No child must be left behind.”
Happy Sabbath and multiplied blessings upon you and all members of your families.
Meric Dale Walker