A Responsive Reading

“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together” (Psalm 34:1-3).

There are times when God calls us to do things alone and then there are times we must do some things together in service to the same God. We may offer praise, give glory, worship and make our petitions known, both individually and collectively. Historically, humanity has shown that some people will prosper as rugged and determined individuals where others must rely on the strength and security of the group. In the Old Testament Scriptures, Moses, during the Children of Israel’s journey in the wilderness held two types of mass meetings, the convocation and the congregation.

The “convocation” was a mandatory, formal-meeting, as well as, a call to worship for the entire community of Israel. The “congregation” was a less formal gathering or assembling of the people. It is very difficult to demand participation and attendance in a gathering for religious services today, we Christians have our rights and freedoms.

As a Minister I have learned that there is a thin-line, a very thin-line, between what you can demand of any group and what you ask-voluntarily of the people. I believe strongly, that where there are common rules of Christian life and the group collective is bound by simple vows, participation in religious services and the joy of fellowship can be profound and fulfilling. “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy” (I-Thessalonians 2:19-20).

This is a personal request to the visitors who occasionally gather at this website-Blog, I ask you to join with me in reading this brief passage of Scripture (Psalm) as we collectively offer our praise, give glory and worship the same God in spirit and truth. As you read imagine me reading, in a mellow-tenor, the first line (bold) and the distant-yet-spiritually connected congregation reading the next line, in your natural-vocal tone, until we reach the end and read the last line together. I cannot demand that you read it, but I certainly would be grateful to have you voluntarily join us:

To Him who alone does great wonders,
For His mercy endures forever;
To Him who by wisdom made the heavens,
For His mercy endures forever;
To Him who laid out the earth above the waters,
For His mercy endures forever;
To Him who made great lights,
For His mercy endures forever
The sun to rule by day,
For His mercy endures forever;
The moon and stars to rule by night,
For His mercy endures forever.
(Psalm 136:4-9)

I am so grateful to God for blessing you to be a blessing to someone else in Jesus’ name and thank you for your  voluntary participation and fellowship in the Third Cross Congregation of Jesus Our Christ. “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:15-16).

Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ

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About The Third Cross Congregation of Jesus Our Christ

I am a "Man of God, With No Regrets" in service to Him through service to His people as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ. I pray to the Father: "Lord let me live in service to You, die in peace with You, and be raised up in Christ Jesus to be spend Eternity with You." Amen. Grady Norman Greene Presiding Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ The Third Cross Congregation of Jesus Our Christ
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