September 2, 2001
Volume 11, Number 35

Ten Commandments
for Improving Worship Service

Have you ever heard someone say, "I just donít get much out of the worship service?" sometimes this is more of a commentary on the person than the service. Here are some suggestions that may help you improve the quality of your worship when you gather with the saints on the Lordís Day.

Make Sunday Worship a Priority. It is the most important commitment of the week. It is nothing less than a meeting with God.

Donít Bring God Left-overs. God has always demanded the "first fruits". He cannot be satisfied with scraps. Get plenty of sleep on Saturday night and come to worship with a n alert and refreshed mind.

Prepare Your Mind. Discipline begins in the mind. So does discipleship. Train your mind to concentrate on things of the Spirit.

Be On Time. Rushing in late makes it difficult for you to settle into meditation and disturbs other worshipers. Get up a little earlier if necessary.

Bring Your Bibles. Coming to worship without your Bible is like going out to drive your car without your keys.

Open Your Mouth and Sing. Singing is not an option. It is a command. Those who violate this command are just as guilty as if they neglected an assembly or some other act of worship.

Sit Close to the Front. Experience has shown that some marginal church members would rather switch congregations than to change pews.

Before and After Service -- Be Friendly. Worship is enhanced when done as a family. Family members should know and love each other.

Listen Carefully to the Sermon. Taking notes may help. Follow along in your Bible. Take the message seriously. It will help you. It will encourage the speaker. It will show non-Christians that you are serious.

Make Your Worship God-centered -- Not Man-centered. Worship is primarily a giving situation. Those who say, -- I donít GET much out of worship -- are wrongly focused. It is in the GIVING of ourselves that we GET. NO GIVING -- NO GETTING!

(Think about this! Ted)

Our Dilemna

"We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers. Wider freeways, but more narrow viewpoints. We spend more, but have less. We buy more, but enjoy it less. We have bigger houses and smaller families. More conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees, but less common sense. More knowledge, but less judgment. More experts, but more problems. More medicine, but less wellness.

We spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get angry too quickly, stay up too late, get too tired, read too seldom, watch TV too much, and pray too little. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too little, and lie too often. We have learned how to make a living, but not a life. We have added years to life, but not life to years.

We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication. We have become long on quantity, but short on quality. These are times of world peace, but domestic warfare. More leisure and less fun. More kinds of food but less nutrition. These are times of two incomes, but more divorces. Of fancier houses, but broken homes. It is a time when there is much in our show windows, but little in our stockrooms."

Brain Teaser

There are the names of all the books of the Bible in these paragraphs (not counting 1's and 2's) See how many of the 59 you can find...

My name is Samuel Levit. I customized my name because people made remarks about me being related to the furniture company Sam Levitz. My son is named Odus. Donít ask me to explain his name the story is too complex. Odus likes music. The other day he told me he had written the song of songs. He acts like itís the next big hit, but it left me only lukewarm. I hope he finds something else to do. I also have a daughter named Diana. She is looking so hard for a job. A Diahann Brewster called yesterday to interview my daughter. Two women, with basically the same first name, talking together on the phone, that was a most confusing conversation let me tell you! The Brewsters own a tax preparation service next door to the Francophile Monastery. Father Eugene, Sister Mary Francis, and Johnson & Johnson are clients of theirs. Father Eugene is from Romanshire, Northern Ireland. He said he studied Greek in Corinth. I answered that he is a real pro! Verbs and nouns in the Greek are difficult to learn.

I asked Mr. Brewster for tax advice. He said that tips, alms, and donations were deductible, I just need a receipt. My brother Philipp asked if travel expenses were deductible. He just came back from the Holy land. He toured Judea. The tour guide, Timothy, said that it usually costs a lot of money to take side trips unexpectedly. The tour group had asked if they could see the historic sites of the Galatians, Colossians, and the Thessalonians. The tour guide said no, but the Ephesian site is open. Philipp said a hag gained access to his travel bag. "Philipp," I answered, "did she get your camera?" He said he had it with him or she would have. Philipp said he would be in a jam, especially with mom, if that lady had taken the camera. Thatís because it belongs to her.

Philipp told me about a souvenir shop he visited. He said he saw a pez, rabbi candy dispenser. Imagine that! The woman at the counter was named Lisa. I, ah, think that was her name. Anyway, she told my brother those arenít the ones she ordered. She had ordered a rabbi statue along with pez dispensers, but the manager, Joe, let the stock boy practice ordering that day. "Do you like them," she asked. "The company said I can reorder any number should the need arise." Lisa said the rabbi pez dispenser was endemic; a holy man designed them. I believe the holy man is legitimate, she explained. He has a very mild persona, humble from head to toe.

For Our Youth

Bible Bowl 2001
September 8, 2001
Pinellas Park Church of Christ
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Pinellas Park, FL 33780

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Annual Bible Reading Program

This weekís Bible readings are:

Sunday, 2nd: ... John 9:24-41, 2 Chronicles 7, Malachi 4
Monday, 3rd: ... John 10:1-21, 2 Chronicles 8, Psalms 73
Tuesday, 4th: ... John 10:22-42, 2 Chronicles 9, Psalms 74
Wednesday, 5th: ... John 11:1-27, 2 Chronicles 10-11, Psalms 75
Thursday, 6th: ... John 11:28-57, 2 Chronicles 12-13, Psalms 76
Friday, 7th: ... John 12:1-26, 2 Chronicles 14-15, Psalms 77
Saturday, 8th: ... John 12:27-50, 2 Chronicles 16-17, Psalms 78:1-20

With every rising of the sun
think of your life as just begun.

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.

Charlie White - Bill & Jeanne Sherman - Leslie Johnson

Viola Morinier - Virginia Law - Walt & Jeanette Thompson

Mary Kaupilla - Nan Alexander - Bobby Bates

Ernest Bowker - Naomi Morton

Sundayís Lessons:

AM ... "Where's Jesus? " (Luke 15:1-7)
PM ...
"David Series, #2" (1 Samuel 16:1-13)

Service Opportunities


Time of Services


 Wayne Vowell




 Walt Thompson


Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services



11:00 am

Bible Reading:

 Larry Jenson  

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


 Jim Treece  



 Ted Wheeler


Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Closing Prayer:

 Clarence Riggenbach


Evening Services



Opening Prayer:

 Jim Dougan



 Jim Treece


Our Record - Last Week


 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Delbert Leavens



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Carl Rigney
  Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Delbert Leavens
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Sean Keathley

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