Bulletin 11.07.21

John 4:24 "God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth."

A Reflection Before the Service

  • In the middle of this madness I am dancing
    Though I'm not sure why just now
    I tried to be sober, tried to be logical
    But I could not stop my feet
    I know I have not turned off my mind
    I know there's evil all around me
    But for now, it's outside
    And I am in my room
    And joy is like a crashing tide

     

    —Bob Bennett, “Madness Dancing” from the 1982 album, Matters of the Heart

    On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping God may wake someday and take offense, or the waking God may draw us out to where we can never return.

     

    —Annie Dillard in Teaching a Stone to Talk

     

    The presumptuous sin of Uzzah was this: he assumed that his hands were less polluted than the dirt.

    —R.C. Sproul

     

The Call To Worship

  • John 4.19-24 (NIV)

    "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."

     

    "Woman," Jesus replied, "believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth."

     

    (Prayer)

     

  • In the middle of this madness I am dancing
    Though I'm not sure why just now
    I tried to be sober, tried to be logical
    But I could not stop my feet
    I know I have not turned off my mind
    I know there's evil all around me
    But for now, it's outside
    And I am in my room
    And joy is like a crashing tide

     

    —Bob Bennett, “Madness Dancing” from the 1982 album, Matters of the Heart

    On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping God may wake someday and take offense, or the waking God may draw us out to where we can never return.

     

    —Annie Dillard in Teaching a Stone to Talk

     

    The presumptuous sin of Uzzah was this: he assumed that his hands were less polluted than the dirt.

    —R.C. Sproul

     

  • John 4.19-24 (NIV)

    "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."

     

    "Woman," Jesus replied, "believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth."

     

    (Prayer)

     

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Bulletin Date: 11/07/2021