Quote of the Week
So, starting this Saturday, I shall post the quote of the week as a separate post. Perhaps you will find it a catalyst for your own heart meditations.
Here's this week's quote, from my favorite theologian, Jonathan Edwards.
"The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams. But God is the ocean." Jonathan Edwards
This quote came to mind this week because our sermon for this Sunday is called "The Water of Life" and since I prepare and print the service bulletins for our church, I am privileged to receive a preview of the order of service each week. From the Call to Worship, until the Benediction, our service carries the theme of the sermon, so that the entire worship experience is saturated from start to finish with the Biblical text. Every song, every scripture, every reading advances the lesson.
Jules asked a question this week about what percentage of the church service was engaged in the teaching of the Word. In the case of our church, it is nearly 100%--only the announcements are not directly related to the lesson.
There are many who dismiss the traditional, liturgical service as irrelevant, or somehow cold. In my opinion, nothing else engages the heart and mind so deeply as a well organized and executed order of worship. My pastor, Bill Radford, is very gifted in bringing it all together, week after week. If you're reading this, Bill, thank you.
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