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  • Sabbath and Worship
    • William (no login)
      Posted Jul 27, 2017 12:03 AM

      I have not attended a congregation where announcements were made first in years. Used to. In fact, at Charlotte Ave. announcements were moved from the end of the service to the beginning because it was concluded that announcements were not part of the "worship service", and they did not want people confused, so announcements and an opening prayer to begin the "worship service". 1955-56, somewhere in there. My current congregation has announcements at the end by one of the elders, then the "shepherd's prayer". Used to be that some male member of the congregation had the duty of announcements and closing prayer, but the elders felt like they needed more control over the announcements. I do not know of any Biblical example, so quiet where the Bible is quiet.
      Our "song service" is a mix out of the Paperless Hymnal/Songs of Faith and Praise. Like many, I do not exactly care for many of the selections in this hymnal, but mostly I consider that opinion. If I have an issue with a song I just don't sing. Nobody notices. "As The Deer" has kind of a love song like quality to it, but I believe there is a love song published in the Bible. Why not sing a love song to God? I have attended as a guest a few "community" churches that seemed to be patterned out of the Assemblies of God where the repetition of simple phrases accompanied by arm waving, clapping, standing, etc., worked the attendants into a near frenzy. I did not get it.
      I think most of the time when people say "worship service" they have not thought about it much. There i a decreasing "wing" of the Church that declines Sunday School among other things, in part because they feel that everything that goes on inside the doors is "worship" and there is no command or example for Sunday School.
      Note Acts 20 again. They came together on Saturday night. The Jewish Sabbath would have been over (or ending). If you were Jewish this would have been the evening of the first day, but if you were Roman it would have been the night of the seventh day, the first day beginning about the time Eutychus fell out the window.
      Paul had no problems working on the first day. Apparently, Paul left on the First Day to head down to a port to catch a ship.
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