December 10, 2000
Volume 10, Number 50

What Did You Bring To Church?

When people come to the worship services, they often bring a number of different things with them. Parents of small children make sure that they have a diaper bag with plenty of clean diapers and supplies. Most people make sure that they have brought their Bibles and their lesson books for class. But of all the things that you bring with you to the worship on Sundays, did you make sure to bring the most important things?

Did You Bring A Reverent Attitude?

Worship is the expression of reverence, devotion, and praise to God. He is the most holy One (Isaiah 6:3). Therefore, because of the nature of worship and the nature of the one to be worshipped, the attitude demonstrated therein will be different from the attitude expressed at a football game. Yet many times one could not notice much difference in the two. Some cause a commotion by continually getting up and leaving the auditorium, by talking, by passing notes, and by other common actions that take place during the worship. God cannot be pleased with those who have so little respect and reverence for His divinity and power that they behave in such a way as this.

Did You Bring An Active Mind?

Worship is also something that must be done from the heart and that involves an active mind. God has always detested worship done simply from ritual (Isaiah 1:10-17; Micah 6:6-8). Worship is an active process, not a passive one. Singing is to "teach and admonish...with grace in your hearts" (Colossians 3:16). Giving is to be cheerful, according to how one has purposed in his heart (2 Corinthians 9:7). The Lord’s Supper is to be observed in memory of Jesus’ death, anticipating His return (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). Prayer is also an active process that each must do (James 5:16b). And of course the teaching and learning of God’s word takes an active mind (Acts 2:42; 17:11).

Did You Bring A Pure Life?

One of the biggest reasons that God rejected Judah’s worship was that their acts of worship were not done out of pure lives (Micah 6:6-8). Such hypocrisy has always been and will always be wrong. Jesus even went so far as to say that if one comes to worship and realizes that his brother has something against him, he first should go and reconcile things with his brother, then go and worship (Matthew 5:23-24).

Of all the things that we may bring with us to worship, let us always make sure that we bring those things that are most important. Otherwise our worship is vain.

Kevin D. Beard

Sunday Bible Study
“Attitudes Need in Congregational Work”
(Colossians 1:9-10).

One Baby Born

One baby born in the darkness of time
One baby born for the good of mankind.
So small, so frail, so meek was He,
Who would have thought
The Son of God he would be?

One baby born to laugh and play,
One baby born to give us hope that day.
So small, so frail, so meek was He,
Who would have thought
His mission was to die on a tree?

One baby born to suffer for all
One baby born to die was His call.
So small, so frail, so meek was He,
Who would have thought
He held the Key
That opens Life’s Gate to Victory?

One baby born in the darkness of time
One baby born for the good of mankind,
So small, so frail, so meek was He,
A gift of Love for you and me.

Brenda Bergen

Morality, like art ...
consists of drawing a line somewhere.

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Remember in Prayers:

Miriam Small - Leo & Dorothy Lednik - Mary Kaupila

Cathy Jenson - Naomi Morton - Virginia Law

Richard Treece - Leslie Johnson - Buddy Morgan - Erin Guin

Bill & Jeanne Sherman - Viola Morinier

Web-Site ... Moving soon to... www.venicechurchofchrist.com

News:

 

Building Program: This past week we received our plans from the architect. We also have our permit from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The engineers have applied for our permit to hook up to city water and we should be in a position to apply for our building permit and begin getting bids on the work.
Click here for a preview of some of the work that is being done.

Sunday Adult Bible Class: "Attitudes Needed in Congregational Work" (10:00 am) This Sunday: Our Attitude Toward God.

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapters 32-33. (6:30 PM)

College Care Package: Anyone wishing to contribute something to the care package for Geoff Lund please see the list of needed items on the bulletin board.
Men's Prayer Breakfast: Saturday, December 16th. at 8:00 am. The elders will be preparing breakfast.
Ladies Day: February 3, 2000. Guest speaker will be Rhonda Thompson from Montgomery, Alabama.

Sunday’s Lessons:

A Righteous Reward (Carl Rigney)

Three Types of Worship (Wayne Vowell)

Service Opportunities

Time of Services

Announcements:

Wayne Vowell

Sunday

Ushers:

Walt Thompson

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services

Worship:

11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Dale Schwartz

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm

Songs:

David Coffman

Monday

Sermon:

Carl Rigney

Ladies Bible Class:

11:00 am.

Closing Prayer:

Glen Law

Wednesday

Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Jim Treece

Songs:

David Coffman

Our Record - Last Week

Sermon:

Wayne Vowell

Closing Prayer:

Dick Navarre

Attendance:
83

Communion

Contribution:
$ 1583.06
Delbert Leavens
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Jim Dougan
Charlie White
Weekly Average (yr):
TBA

Mike Weber

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