Pastor’s Ponderings

Corporate Worship and “Bible Bunch”

For the last couple of months, a handful of us have gathered on Wednesday nights in the church’s East Classroom. The topic of our discussions has been an outstanding book titled, “What Happens When We Worship,” by Jonathan Landry Cruse. It is so good that the regulars in the study have suggested the entire church family could benefit from this book. I agree.

In this space, I’ll share a couple of quotes from the book:

Charles Spurgeon remarked in the 1800’s that “the devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them.”

“Worship is never dull, but we are sometimes. Churchgoing is monotonous and mundane only because our eyes are blinded to the supernatural wonder that is taking place all around us, The reality is that worship is an exhilarating experience. So we don’t need smoke machines, more lights, dramatic presentations, louder music, mystical theology, or entertaining speakers to make worship exciting. We simply need to understand what’s going on in the first place. It doesn’t matter if your week is filled with skydiving, speed racing, or whatever your personal taste for adventure might be. No matter what your week looks like, Sunday worship is the highlight.”

“Worship is the most important thing you will ever do.”

“Corporate worship – that is, coming together with a body of believers regularly on Sunday to offer praise to God – is a picture of what goes on in heaven. This cannot be said of private worship. In heaven, we worship as a redeemed body, numbering thousands upon thousands. So we cannot excuse ourselves from worship in the church and think we are fulfilling God’s desire for His people. The church’s one task is to worship God, and we need to be a part of that.”

If you want to hear more, come on Wednesday evenings and join in the conversation. You’ll be glad that you did.

Before I close, I’d like to share an exhortation about “Bible Bunch.” Before COVID, we had a vibrant afterschool ministry on the first and third Thursdays of the months during the school year. Since then, we didn’t have “Bible Bunch” for a year and a half, and when we did re-boot “Bible Bunch” last November, it was weakly attended.

Over the summer months, we’ve had a really good attendance at Wonderful Wednesday, our summer catechism ministry. We have the kids for “Bible Bunch” if those children, and the others who haven’t benefited from Wonderful Wednesday also were to participate in “Bible Bunch.”

Parents – that’s your call. We provide such a ministry to assist you in raising your child(ren) to know Jesus as Savior and Lord. I strongly encourage you to consider having your child or children participate in “Bible Bunch” this school year. Of all the things available for kids to do after school – sports, music, tumbling, swim lessons, etc., the most important activity is “Bible Bunch.” All of those are wholesome activities for your children to participate in. But, none of those activities is concerned with the eternal salvation of your child(ren)’s soul first and foremost.

When we bring our children to receive baptism, we make three vows. Allow me to recall the third of them:

“Do you now unreservedly dedicate your child to God, and promise, in humble reliance upon divine grace, that you will endeavor to set before (him/her) a godly example, that you will pray with and for (him/her), that you will teach (him/her) the doctrines of our holy religion, and that you will strive, by all the means of God’s appointment, to bring (him/her) up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord?

Included in those “means of God’s appointment” are “Bible Bunch,” Wonderful Wednesday, Vacation Bible School, Pastor’s Class, Tnt (Teens in Trinity), and Sunday School.

I’ve never yet heard a parent answer that question “I do not.” But, I have observed parents not taking advantage of “Bible Bunch.” I understand you may have pretty good reasons for your children not to attend; if you’d like to talk, let’s do so. Feel free to ask questions or bring concerns to the members of the Christian Education Committee – Elders Troy Young and Norman Brown, Linda McAuley, or myself.

Let’s keep “Bible Bunch” going. It takes a church to do so.
Because of Jesus, Pastor Daren