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Topic: Worship (corporate) (10/04/07)
- TITLE: A Worship of Ten
By Amber Sa
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As he stared at the graffiti, his thoughts flashed back to the meeting he had with the church district committee board yesterday.
“For a while, your church regular attendees have been average ten or more people.”
“It would be an incredible burden and near impossible to pay the mortgage for the building.”
“Have you considered our offer to merge with our church? We are all children of God, so don’t think of it as closing down your church, just the building.”
“You should seriously pray about this with your congregation, we think this would be better for the people. They will once again enjoy a corporate worship and fellowship.”
“We can all carry the burden together, pay down the debts until the building is sold.”
“Perhaps this is God’s answer to what we’ve been praying for.”
He took a deep breath and unlocked the door to prepare the sanctuary for service. He prayed as he set up 20 chairs for service. He stood and prayed for more faith, and then set up a little bid more.
He sat at the front row and bowed his head in prayer to quiet his heart, to lay down his burden, and to focus his mind and heart for worship. He stood up and turned around at the pulpit. He looked ahead and he saw the same 10 familiar faces smiling at him, they were all sisters in Christ in their golden years. They were the only ones remains in this old worn church.
The pastor reported the meeting and the offer from the district committee board meeting to the congregation.
One of the oldest sister responded, “This is not our church, but belongs to God. We cannot close down what belongs to Him. God does not open a church only to have it closed.”
With that, they began their weekly worship with hymns. Their voices were small but their open prayers were loud, and their worship reached our Father in heaven.
This happened around twenty years ago. That sister in Christ recently returned to our Lord in a good old age of 90s, and I learned about this from the senior pastor during announcement. I have not met her, I do not know her face, but I would want to thank her one day for her faith that had kept the church opened. And because of that, I and many others have a place to worship, and to serve today.
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