I really miss hearing the old hymns in church. I think they should mix in some of these hymns along with the contemporary songs they play. I would going to say “sing” but I have noticed when the worship team is playing these new songs that most people, as I look around, just stand there and are not singing. I always thought that one of the purposes of music in church is for the congregation to participate in the service and that is not happening anymore.
I need your thoughts on this subject.
I asked Pastor Duke a while back if it was OK if I shared some of his postings on Facebook and he said it was OK by him. I’m glad because his postings are like gold and packed full of wisdom.
Have ya noticed that “Good and evil often run on parallel tracks and often arrive about the same time.” ….All through Scripture, history and our lives. Careful not to focus on the evil..just look over to the other track.
Sometimes when I’m ministering to a person, I don’t tell them what God can do for them, but I tell them what God has done for me, it leads them into asking questions like, how do you do that (Then There Goes that open door )there are so many ways to minister to a person, without cramming the word of God down their throat
“Jesus ” hold my hand, there is so much I want to talk to you about, then I’ll stop and listen as you speak
Easter is coming up pretty soon (couple weeks). Everyone is buying eggs to color and hide and I kind of like that also; I remember an Easter egg hunt at my Grandma Knights Methodist church in Mascotte FL. What fun, what memories. Of course as an adult I now know the real significance of Easter – a time of sadness that turns into a time of joy as Jesus sacrifices himself for us on the cross.
Waterford Weslyan Church has a huge Easter Egg hunt for children at a local park. This is a way to reach out and do something for the community much as Jesus has reached out to us in saving us. If I can get it to work I am going to try to insert here a YouTube video about Easter.
I never expected to see the day when girls would get sunburned in the places they do today.
I’m not a real movie star. I’ve still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago.
Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
I’m a study of a man in chaos in search of frenzy.
Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m schizophrenic, and so am I.
I don’t drink. I don’t like it. It makes me feel good.
I wish I were selfless enough to heed this call. I’m too weak but I keep on thinking about it and praying.
Following a series of major surgeries, my older brother, Lewis, reminded me that growing old “ain’t for weaklings.” Many of us will eventually have to deal with the struggles of aging. But there can be a silver lining. Generally, in our later years we retire or work less and have more time to devote to our spiritual life. So aging isn’t necessarily something to fear because it is a time when we can flourish in serving the Lord.
At the age of 82, Lewis is a good example of serving others as his body will allow. He works with various charities at his church and in his neighborhood and recently took a seriously ill friend to the hospital and waited while he underwent surgery. Everyone can serve no matter the circumstances. Even if we have to use a cane or a walker, we can visit an ailing friend or make hospital calls, and we can always pray for others. When we share the love of Christ by caring for those who are sick or disabled and by encouraging their caregivers, God blesses all of us.
If we make it a point to be aware of the many needs around us, we can find many ways to serve our Lord. God has equipped each of us in some way to be an agent of grace.
I can’t help but to keeping comparing today’s church to the traditional church I grew up in.
There is no pulpit at the front of the church, just a stage filled with musical instruments and the preacher stage on the stage or kind of wanders around. Speaking of the preacher they don’t wear the tradition robes anymore, just a casual shirt and slacks.
The music is more modern Christian music that most of us (at lease in the older crowd) have never heard of. Traditional hymns are rarely sang but the younger folks like it so it does have it’s benefits. I have noticed though when I look around that most people are not singing along with the music; so the modern music is not inspiring people to participate in the service by singing.
In the church I am currently going to, the pews were taken out and replaced with rows of chairs. The chairs “are” more comfortable than the wooden pews were but as an old fart I do not like change.
I do like the screen at the front of the church showing the song lyrics and other information, but, I do wish they would increase the font size just a bit and leave each slide on just a couple seconds more.
A lot of churches have moved the service time around to accommodate peoples other activities. I am sorry but it seems to me people can and should sacrifice that hour or so to God and not have the Church/God sacrifice for us.
In the old days there was also a responsive reading where the Pastor or Elder would read part of it and the congregation would read the response to it. This allowed the congregation to participate and become a part of the service.
I know that church will never be like they were when I was growing up, I’ve attended enough churches in recent years to know that those traditional churches do not exist anymore.