TJC - Sunday Evening Worship
August 24, 2017
Fellow members of The Journey Church,
As our congregational worship together has grown in stability and substance over the past year and Sunday Night Theology (SNT) has become a solid resource for not only our congregation, but our community, the leaders of our church have been praying together over the summer about additional ways to deepen our doctrinal understanding of the Bible, provide additional times of corporate worship, and open new pathways for our community to worship with us. We have concluded that an additional service of worship will help us accomplish these objectives. It will also stabilize our worship calendar and raise up new leaders from within our own congregation.
On the second Sunday evening of each month, we will gather a second time on the Lord’s Day for corporate worship at 5:00pm. This service will last for one hour and will be a time when we read the Bible together, sing great songs of the Christian faith, participate in a time of corporate prayer where the Body of Christ is focused together on the needs of our church, community, and world, and Bible teaching from men in our own congregation who are studying to show themselves approved unto God (2 Timothy 2:15). We also will implement a new children’s academy that will focus on memorizing Scripture and certain Christian hymns.
These new additions to our corporate worship calendar will provide the opportunity for God to raise up new preachers from within our church membership. It will also provide an occasion for our congregation to have other musicians in our church lead us in worship. We must also stabilize our observance of the Lord’s Supper.
As a church, we will always observe the Lord’s Supper on the second Sunday of each month. Four times per year, we will partake of the Lord’s Supper during this new evening service and thus ensure that every member of our church will be able to gather in fellowship together during this sacred moment in the life of our congregation. This additional worship service will also provide the occasion for regular members meetings in the life of our church. Beginning in September 2017, our church will have a member’s meeting six times per year (every two months) immediately following the Sunday evening service.
Our first Sunday evening worship service will take place on September 10, 2017. A members meeting will follow and conclude between 7:00 - 7:30pm.
As you prayerfully consider these changes we are thankful for all the Lord is doing in our church. By already requiring TJC members to attend Sunday morning services and all members meetings, our hope is that this Sunday evening time of corporate worship will combine with our regular schedule of Sunday Night Theology to provide additional opportunities for Bible teaching and Christian fellowship. Our hope and expectation is that all our members will prioritize these times of corporate worship as we seek to serve one another and observe how the Lord will raise up new leaders for the study and preaching of God’s Word. As always, we continue to encourage our members to participate in Life Groups, men’s and women’s Bible studies, and prayer meetings as they are able.
I join with all our leadership in prayerful expectation of what and how the Holy Spirit will work among us as we forsake not assembling together, but will encourage each other all the more as we see the eternal Day of God drawing near (Hebrews 10:25). Please pray for these times and pray for those who will lead and serve us in these moments.
May God be pleased and the Lord Jesus Christ be honored by our witness and our desire to continually order our lives in service to our gracious God and Savior.
Feel free to speak with me personally if you have any questions. I’m always available to you. It is a privilege to serve as your pastor.
May the Lord bless each of you,
Raymond M. Johnson
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