Megan Hill reflects on how the unique rhythms of Sunday teach witness to those who observe them of God’s rule over us in everything. God Is the Lord of Time On Sundays, we acknowledge that God is the author and ruler of time itself. At creation, God made time. He separated light from dark and …

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Jeff Medders reminds us that we can thank the Reformation for the fact that Christians in churches of the Protestant tradition gather to worship, not to observe worship. You can see what was a common theme of pre-Reformation worship services. The priests worshiped and the people watched. The people attended the worship service. Spectator worship …

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Along the gradual disappearance of Bible reading from gathered worship, the loss of public pastoral prayer is another mystery situation which I notice when visiting other churches. (Of course there’s lots of music) On Christward Collective Nick Batzig has posted Samuel Miller’s Frequent Faults In Public Prayer. Given that there are eighteen of these they …

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I find value in reading posts on the theme of change from differing authors. There are many common threads, such as the main ideas of this post by Nick Batzig, which include: planning, communication, focus, and consistency. A sample: Sessions must lead the congregation forward by means of informational newsletters, meetings and/or personal conversations. Some …

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