22nd June 2019

Glory, Laud and Honour

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
1 Timothy 1:17 (NKJV UK)

I have been reading several books on differing subjects over the past couple of weeks, and yet each author keeps coming back to a single central thought. Here’s how one author puts it: In the Old Testament religion, worship was tightly controlled. For example, when Aaron’s sons stepped out of line in a minor infraction of the divine instructions, they ended up dead, and on the spot too.

When these authors turn to the New Testament they marvel that there is so little found detailing or even outlining worship services. For them it all seems very unstructured. But then one adds this was deliberately so that people can be more spontaneous in their relationship with their God. Writing in the 1940s he goes on to bemoan that we are again getting bogged down in uniformity in our worship, whichever fellowship the Christian belongs to.

Another author centres on the Eucharist, where, she assets, although we have it tied down pretty firmly as to how we celebrate it in our age, this was not so in the early church. We have something of the form, as recorded by John and Paul, but even here it’s so loose that we can celebrate in a variety of ways. There are hymns recorded in the New Testament too, she adds, but we have no idea as to how they were recited or sung—or even if they were used in services at all. She then turns to prove her point by going through the many fellowships and the various ways they celebrate communion after their own heart. And that’s the point she comes to, that we today are given the freedom to celebrate and worship in the most meaningful way for us. Of course we don’t seek to please ourselves—our motivation is always to please our God.

He changed everything, so that we today have freedom to express our thanks, worship, feeling of connection—our very closeness to our God. What a liberating concept that freedom gives to us!

Prayer
All-powerful Father, thank you that we can praise you, worship you and give thanks to you with such freedom. And this because of and through your Son, Jesus Christ.
Amen

Study by John Stettaford
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About the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School, Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane
READING
RG30 4EL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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