Chapter 1 The Church worships
1. Gathering – In One Place
Every Sunday morning Christians gather together in worship. What are theydoing in Church? What is happening in these worship services? Why do theymeet and pray and sing? We are going to look at what is going on in Church.
1. The Church comes together
We go to Church. We are called together and we come together. We leaveour homes and offices to join this gathering. We are roused out of our everyday existence, drawn away from our computer, car and sofa to join thesepeople. On Sunday morning we leave home and journey through thesestreets in order to come together with all the other members of our Church.We get up the steps and into the church, go down the aisle and take our places next to each other.As we arrive we start singing. Our service begins with a hymn or a song. Weare a pilgrim people who sing on their way, and the first hymn is our song for the journey. We sing because we celebrate as we make our way to the houseof God.
Rejoice, the Lord is King…
The Lord has called us together and gathered us here. He has invited us sohe is our host and we are his guests. As we journey out of our homes, downthe pavement to church, we are drawn into this gathering and we are glad andso we sing songs of praise that anticipate our worship together:
O enter then his gates with praiseapproach with joy his courts unto praise laud and bless his name alwaysfor it is seemly so to do
(psalm 100, NEH 334, William Kethe)Anyone can come in listen and join in. The invitation is general, so everychurch service is public. The whole community around the Church knows thatit can go. Imagine that the Church stands in the middle on marketplace, andthat it has no walls, but takes place in the open air so everyone can watch andcan hear what is going on, or they can keep their distance, as they wish.
2. We come into the presence of God
The Lord has called us into his presence. When we say ‘church’ we do notmean this building or this institution or its hierarchy. We mean this randomsample of the people from Chapter of town who are gathered together in this