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Week 25 (19/06 – 25/06/2017)

GETTING CONNECTED Welcome: We extend a warm welcome to all who are visiting us for the first time. Thank you for joining us at our worship service today. Do come and visit us again. You’re also very welcome to stay back for a time of “Getting to know you better” at our coffee corner. Prayer requests: “Upholding you in prayer.” If you have a prayer request, kindly write them down on the “Prayer Request Form” and place it in the “Red Letter Box.” Both may be found on the table at the back of the sanctuary. Our prayer ministry team would be glad to pray for you. Prayer Meeting: Our fortnightly prayer meeting is on this coming Wednesday at 8:00pm at the Christian Education Centre. Join us as we intercede for others and bring our petitions before the Lord as one body of Christ. The Marriage Course: The Marriage Course is a series of 7 sessions running weekly from 23/07 through 10/09, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage. Each couple’s privacy is respected as there is no group discussion and no requirement to disclose anything about their relationship to anyone else. The course, while based on Christian principles, is relevant and helpful for couples of any background, hence all couples are welcome. Date: 23rd July 2017 (1st session) Time: 12:30pm-3:30pm Venue: Wesley Methodist Church, Johor Bahru Cost: RM 350 per couple (light refreshments and booklet included) For registration and more details, contact Jeffrey Wong/Mae Wong (012-2781955) or Wee Fang Peng/Evelyn Wee (019-7707737) or visit http://alpha.org/malaysia/marriageandparenting.

The Marriage Course

Alpha Marriage Celebration Dinner (Candlelight Dinner) ​ Menu: Western Cuisine Date: 10th September 2017 (Sunday) Venue: Tropical Inn Hotel, JB Cost: RM160 per couple (Max 18 couple) Jeffrey/Mae Wong Wee Fang Peng/Evelyn Wee

1. Being a worshiper of God

FROM R.C. Sproul Mar 13, 2010 Category: R.C. Sproul “Church is boring”—this is the most oft-stated reason why people stay away from church. It raises some important questions. How is it possible that an encounter with a majestic, awesome, living God could ever be considered boring by anyone? God is not dull. If worship is boring to us, it is not because God is boring. Sermons can be boring and liturgies can be boring, but God simply cannot be boring. The problem, I think, is with the setting, the style, and the content of our worship. The New Testament gives us little information about proper Christian worship. It establishes some guidelines, but does not offer much content. In contrast, the Old Testament provides a panorama of worship information. This poses some dangers, as well as some vital clues, for worship. We cannot simply reinstate the elements of Old Testament worship, because many of them are clearly fulfilled once and for all with the finished work of Christ in His offering of the perfect sacrifice. The Old Testament does provide a key to elements involved in worship. We see, for example, that the mind must be engaged in worship. The centrality of preaching underscores the crucial role of the Word. Full worship, however, is both verbal and nonverbal. The whole person is addressed and involved in a worship experience. We note that in the Old Testament, worship intimately involved all five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. Coram Deo: Is church boring to you? What do you think might be the reason? Spend some time in prayer asking God to show you how to become a true worshiper. Psalm 132:7: “Let us go into His tabernacle; let us worship at His footstool.” Psalm 86:9: “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 29:2: “Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” 

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