“I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he had brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
– John 10:1-5
God appointed one day in seven to be kept holy, set aside as the occasion for His people to worship corporately, as a group, in a family of faith. He also praised daily worship by the people, whether gathered in assembly or at home.
There is a rhythm of seasons which orders life and influences worship. God’s work of redemption in Jesus Christ offers the Church a central pattern for the order of worship in relationship to significant occasions in the life of Jesus and the people of God. Thus the Church has come to observe these days and seasons each in the uniqueness of their traditions.
Lent is a season of spiritual discipline and preparation, beginning with Ash Wednesday, anticipating the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ. Holy Week is a time of remembrance and proclamation of the atoning suffering and death of Jesus Christ. Easter is the day of the Lord’s resurrection and the season of rejoicing which commemorates His ministry until His Ascension.
Adapted from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Book of Order W-3.2002
“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
– Matthew 11:28-30
“Devote yourself to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ.”
– Colossians 4:2-3
“A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?”
– Amos 3:8
“You shall not hate your brother in your heart…but you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
– Leviticus 19:18
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
– Luke 6:38