Sunday, January 17, 2016

Where Christians Gather for Worship

 Episcopal Church of St. John The Baptist
Wausau, WI

One of many places where Christians gather for worship



Here's a link to the most recent goings on between the Anglican communion worldwide and the American branch, the Episcopal church in America. I think you'll find it interesting. (article from Christianity Today)


I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. 
- Romans 12:1-2


'Christians are therefore in the position, not (to be sure) of a new executive learning the job, but of someone who needs to stop letting the world around dictate its own terms and conditions, and who instead must figure out how to think, speak and act as is appropriate not for the present age but for the new age which is already breaking in. Christians are called to be counter-cultural - not in all respects, as though every single aspect of human society and culture were automatically and completely bad, but at least in being prepared to think through each aspect of life. We must be ready to challenge those parts where the present age shouts, or perhaps whispers seductively, that it would be easier and better to do things that way, while the age to come, already begun in Jesus, insists that belonging to the new creation means that we must live this way instead.'  - N.T. Wright, former Bishop of Durham,  Romans for Everyone







Have a blessed Lord's Day, everyone!

Judy

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24 comments:

Lea said...

Beautiful church, and a blessed day to you, too!

Tired Teacher said...

The stained glass in the front of the church must be glorious to see from inside.

Stacey Schneller said...

Beautiful church. Thanks for sharing the bible verse too.have a wonderful Sunday

Sandra said...

It is a beautiful old building, love the style and the windows and the materials used to build it.

Tom said...

Churches built of stone are always special...thanks for sharing.

..."E"... Beth Edwards said...

gorgeous stone work. happy weekend! ( :

Maggie said...

Beautiful building! And in case you haven't heard what the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church says about recent developments, here's a link: http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2016/01/15/video-presiding-bishop-responds-to-primates-actions-stresses-relationships/

genie said...

Another beautiful Episcopal Church. I miss the red door on this one, but there is red on the notice sign :-) I am so happy to be a part of this communion. Judy sent me a link to the original decree from the Church of England, and then you gave us the link to our Bishop and what he had to say regarding the issues in question. Thank you so much for sharing what with us. I have read them both and am now subscribing to the news letter. Thanks so much for your sharing. genie

Katie Clooney said...

What a gorgeous church, Judy! Enjoy your week.

Susie said...

Judy, You know I love beautiful stone churches as much as I love your barn photos. I hope we can keep all our churches going . Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie

happywonderer.com said...

Beautiful church and those are a couple verses that I've put to memory and meditated on. Thanks to the commentary by N.T. Wright, too.

Primitive Stars said...

Such a beautiful church, Happy Sunday,Francine.

eileeninmd said...

What a beautiful stone church! Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead!

L. D. said...

You seem to be at the same temps up and over there where you are as we are in Iowa. The building itself looks a lot like church designed in northern Minnesota. I think it interesting to see the original church founders are asking questions of the churches over here.

Michelle said...

That is a beautiful church. Have a great week ahead!

TexWisGirl said...

love all the stone.

Sue said...

What a beautiful place to worship! Thanks for sharing a favorite scripture of mine.
Have a blessed week,
Blessings,
Sue

Terri D said...

A beautiful stone church. I've followed some of the news on Facebook about the changes/differences with American Episcopal and the Church of England. It will be interested to see how it all shakes out.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Well, I guess I'll be the first to say what I think. the Episcopal church, which I grew up in and loved and would love to go back to but can't because of what they're doing, should be censured. It's more than just one issue, too. They've strayed far from Biblical teaching. For example, my mom's Episcopal priest says she's hoping there's no hell. Hey, I'd like to believe that, too, but I didn't write the Bible. The Episcopalians are picking and choosing what they want to believe.
I think the Episcopal prayer book (1928) is beautiful. I would love to go back. But they'd have to do a major about face.
Okay, I've had my say. :) Hope we're still friends.
Oh, and they have beautiful churches, too.

Bill Nicholls said...

Looks quite a small church that and unusual in that it's not wood

Denise said...

beautiful.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Beautiful! I love old churches. Ours is a historical place in town. Smal, but beautiful. Thanks for sharing! Hug.

pattisjarrett said...

Beautiful stonework and window.

J_on_tour said...

Wise and much needed words from NT Wright.

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