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Old 03-29-2009, 05:40 PM
 
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(and I know "church" is a universal term for God's people, not just a building, but I'm using it in the building sense here)

Why do we attend church services? Just because it's commanded not to give up meeting with others in the NT? Because it's a feel-good entertaining way to spend Sunday morning? Because we want to see the people we care about? Because we think our children need to?

I was reflecting on this today in church. Church services are filled with distractions: the people, the music, the off-key singer a row away....so why go at all?

On these threads it seems that there are many who see the "good" in church and praise their own church, or Christianity in general; there are also many who see the "bad" and dog a particular church or Christianity in general. Why attend?

In worshipping together, we can physically experience a little taste of the intent and unity of Heaven, where we will all sing praises to God as a great multitude;
In talking about God together we remind ourselves of who He is, who we are, and why we bother;
In caring about each other and using our gifts to serve each other, we see the truth of his people truly being a "Body", alive and knit together;
In remaining obedient to attending, even when we don't necessarily want to, we remind ourselves that taking up our crosses and following Him is the most important thing in this life, not our comfort level;
And sometimes, when we are sitting in that pew, we can feel and know God better than anywhere else.

No questions really, just something God was reminding me of today. God Bless!

Katherine
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Old 03-29-2009, 05:47 PM
 
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(and I know "church" is a universal term for God's people, not just a building, but I'm using it in the building sense here)

Why do we attend church services? Just because it's commanded not to give up meeting with others in the NT? Because it's a feel-good entertaining way to spend Sunday morning? Because we want to see the people we care about? Because we think our children need to?

I was reflecting on this today in church. Church services are filled with distractions: the people, the music, the off-key singer a row away....so why go at all?

On these threads it seems that there are many who see the "good" in church and praise their own church, or Christianity in general; there are also many who see the "bad" and dog a particular church or Christianity in general. Why attend?

In worshipping together, we can physically experience a little taste of the intent and unity of Heaven, where we will all sing praises to God as a great multitude;
In talking about God together we remind ourselves of who He is, who we are, and why we bother;
In caring about each other and using our gifts to serve each other, we see the truth of his people truly being a "Body", alive and knit together;
In remaining obedient to attending, even when we don't necessarily want to, we remind ourselves that taking up our crosses and following Him is the most important thing in this life, not our comfort level;
And sometimes, when we are sitting in that pew, we can feel and know God better than anywhere else.

No questions really, just something God was reminding me of today. God Bless!

Katherine
Two thousand years ago, a group of persecuted christians hid from Roman centurions and spies in underground caves and catacombs. They secretly held on to their manuscripts, their children and loved ones and cried out to God above for refuge, protection and an end to suffering.

I believe we are simply honouring their sacrifice and oneness in the time of danger, by re-enacting their tribulation in the best way we could without the stress or fear that they experienced.

More importantly, the re-enactment of the last supper. "Do this in memory of me".

But I miss the churches I used to go to, where people don't dress up best at all. I saw weeping ones, sad ones, happy ones, dirty ones, clean ones, rich, poor, diseased, all in the same church.

I'd recommend everyone to take a trip to churches in the East. That's where this faith came from and that's where it's still at its purest form
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Old 03-29-2009, 05:53 PM
 
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I also wanted to add:

I remember when I was a kid, the "holy, holy, holy" song before the eucharistic ritual had a sad overture to it.

The organs had a wailing tone, the people used to sing with heavy seriousness and the whole mood in the church would be one of gravity.

I have to agree with you there. The same hymn in the churches I have been to (many of them) have a normal tone. The gravity was not there, the music was pop music like too It's not wrong, but music can really speak volumes about the situation.

This is why I love the Tridentine mass. It's the truest mass known to humans.
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Old 03-29-2009, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Everybody is going to hurt you, you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for-B Marley
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It's become difficult for some to attend church b'c so much emphasis has been put on the entertainment and country club feel of it all when it's intended for worship and praise of God. Some believe the churches have been infiltrated by satan who uses these things (focusing on who doesn't fit in b'c he's a sinner, the countless non-related church activities, gossiping amongst themselves, scandal, the whole exclusive country-club effect, etc.) in the church to take our mind off the purpose.
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:28 PM
 
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(and I know "church" is a universal term for God's people, not just a building, but I'm using it in the building sense here)

Why do we attend church services? Just because it's commanded not to give up meeting with others in the NT? Because it's a feel-good entertaining way to spend Sunday morning? Because we want to see the people we care about? Because we think our children need to?

I was reflecting on this today in church. Church services are filled with distractions: the people, the music, the off-key singer a row away....so why go at all?

On these threads it seems that there are many who see the "good" in church and praise their own church, or Christianity in general; there are also many who see the "bad" and dog a particular church or Christianity in general. Why attend?

In worshipping together, we can physically experience a little taste of the intent and unity of Heaven, where we will all sing praises to God as a great multitude;
In talking about God together we remind ourselves of who He is, who we are, and why we bother;
In caring about each other and using our gifts to serve each other, we see the truth of his people truly being a "Body", alive and knit together;
In remaining obedient to attending, even when we don't necessarily want to, we remind ourselves that taking up our crosses and following Him is the most important thing in this life, not our comfort level;
And sometimes, when we are sitting in that pew, we can feel and know God better than anywhere else.

No questions really, just something God was reminding me of today. God Bless!

Katherine
To worship God for His goodness and His greatness.
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