The Guiding Principle

build upI have long believed the Sunday morning worship hour receives way too much attention.  We spend more time praying, planning, pondering, preparing, and promoting that one hour than anything else we do as a church.  And when we talk about making any substantial change in how something is done in that gathering it sometimes requires hours of discussion and no small amount of anxiety!  But in spite of these things–the Sunday morning assembly needs the attention we give it for one simple reason: It is the one meeting the whole church does together!

For that very reason, we need to be even more creative and intentional than perhaps we have been.  And the starting place is what we have been emphasizing all year: considering what is best for the whole body.  May we follow the same guiding principle Paul gave the Corinthian church, ” Everything must be done so that the church may be built up” (1 Corinthians 14:26).

Today we examined the traditional list many of us grew up with, the five acts of worship.  May we continually reexamine and shape these tools to better meet the needs of our ever changing church.  Next Sunday I will attempt to stretch us a bit to think about how we can have services that better meet the needs of some people we often don’t consider in our worship planning.  In the meantime, worship every day this week and when next Sunday comes, bring your worship with you when you come to church!

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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