Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Scripture Thursday ~ The Beauty of Holiness


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 Have you ever actually felt the "beauty of holiness" that this verse describes?  If you haven't, you're missing something very special.   I feel this beauty when I worship the Lord in church each Sunday.

Old photo of my church ~ pre 1920

  It may come at different times of the service, such as a hymn;



Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Ephesians 5:19-20
 during a prayer,
an interaction with one of my church family,
or during the message. 


Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  Hebrews 10:25

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.  Matthew 18:20  (that's a lot of AWESOMENESS)




For my husband and I, Sunday is set aside as a time of worship in the morning and rest in the afternoon.  For me, I can't imagine being anywhere but in church every Sunday.  My church family is very near and dear to me, and being together with them, participating in a worship service is the highlight of my week. 

Once a month, following communion, we close with the hymn Blest be the Tie That Binds and gather in the aisle holding hands while we sing.    Participating in this is one of those times I always feel the "beauty of holiness".  Here are some of the lyrics. 

Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

Before our Father’s throne
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one
Our comforts and our cares.

We share each other’s woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.

From sorrow, toil and pain,
And sin, we shall be free,
And perfect love and friendship reign
Through all eternity.


I'd invite you to join me in making Sunday worship a priority in your schedule.  As a pastor's wife, I can guarantee your presence is encouraging and necessary for all of your church family.  Attending church is not going to get you into heaven, but it sure is going to make this journey called life, a lot more beautiful if you do.

If you'd like to know more about having a personal relationship with Jesus, Proverbs 31 ministries has an explanation of how you can do that.  Click on this link:  DO YOU KNOW JESUS?

 Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.  The photos included here were taken by me inside my church.  The scripture graphic I made for you today is free for your personal use.  It was made using WORDart from Papercraft Memories, graphics from The Graphics Fairy, and graphics from my personal collection.  

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18 comments:

MaxineD said...

Thank you Abby for your thoughtful devotion and beautiful art.
Blessings
Maxine

Jonia said...

Oh so true Abby! I love going to church and being with others who are there to worship the Lord. It is just so comforting to know we are all there because we love and want more of God. You photos of your church are wonderful. You have a beautiful place to worship. Blessings to you dear Abby!

Mrs.T said...

So true. I feel the very same. Being at church on Sunday and also for a midweek service are highlights of my week. It's so good to be able to meet together to worship the Lord and to encourage one another in Him.

Thank you for sharing your heart and for so generously sharing the lovely images you create!

Karen Murray said...

This is very beautiful, Abby. Your church is so beautiful, too. I love the stained glass. I love being in church on Sunday; it is the highlight of my week. It is the "beauty of holiness" that you speak about that gives me the strength to get through the rest of the week, but I am thankful I can experience that beauty any time I call on Him. God is so good!

vintage grey said...

Beautiful post and scripture today! Love the photos of your church! So pretty! Wishing you a blessed day! xo Heather

Vee said...

A dear and beautiful post today. I enjoyed seeing your "vintage" church and reading about some of the traditions. I like the final one. Sounds as if it would be a good way to end/begin. I didn't know all the verses to Blest Be the Tie so have learned something new.

Noelle the dreamer said...

Beautiful post Abby! It was a real pleasure to discover a little more about your corner of the world and it sounds as a very special moment shared by all on Sundays (holding hands).
Blessings indeed,

Sheila Thomas Hill said...

I'm sitting her in hot CT (95+F)with my sons and family (loving that!) yet also missing you all (and my husband!) on the coast of Maine. My church family is as vital to me as my immediate family and I'm so grateful for both!! Loved the post . . .
Hugs, STH

Wendy @ ECTaS said...

Quote: "...'d invite you to join me in making Sunday worship a priority in your schedule. As a pastor's wife, I can guarantee your presence is encouraging and necessary for all of your church family. Attending church is not going to get you into heaven, but it sure is going to make this journey called life, a lot more beautiful if you do..."

AMEN

Thank you for joining the Scripture Sunday link up this week Abby. This is a beautiful post.

Teresa Arsenault said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts on worship. Your wall art creation is stunning.
Blessing hugs,
Teresa

Karen Letchworth said...

Your pictures look exactly like I had envisioned when you described the church to me. I hope I can visit someday, Abby, and worship Him with you. What a blessing to know that, despite our distance, we worship and serve the same wonderful Savior. Thanks for sharing!
Karen

Mynnette said...

What a wonderful church, Abby! It's absolutely gorgeous! I always enjoy reading your inspiring words and seeing your fabulous digital artwork! Have a wonderful rest of the week! :)

LDH said...

Your posts are all filled with beautiful images, fitting Scripture and encouraging words. We used to sing Blest Be the Tie that Binds but not as often now days.

Thank you for sharing your artwork and for linking to Think on These Things!

Kindly, Lorraine

Sü Smith said...

What a beautiful post Abby! Your vintage graphics are wonderful as well. I have not heard either of these songs.

I think I mentioned to you that I spent a day doing data entry to list all of the churches in the area on a local website. This was a good way for me to get to read up on each church and pick one out.

I had a recent experience that led me to the knowing that in addition to what you've mentioned above -- church would be the best way to get involved with the community as well.

I went to church for years, but as an adult developed an emotional block with it. The block had nothing to do with my relationship with God & Jesus. You, Keren and a few others out in the blogosphere have helped me develop more trust in that regard. You have been so beautiful, open and kind to me.

Thank you for sharing.

Shoregirl said...

Your pictures and word art are beautiful as always, Abby! Thanks so much for taking the time to share them with us today!

What Joy Is Mine said...

Abby...I agree with you about the importance of church and being in the fellowship of other Christians. Thank you for a sweet reminder and for sharing at WJIM. (Loved the photos of your church.)

Karen Conner said...

I always look forward to your encouraging blog! Your inspiring scripture is always a blessing.

I really love the picture of the song books in the rows. Dear sweet memories.

Thanks for playing with us @ Word Art Wednesday!

Jacqueline @ Deeprootsathome.com said...

Oh, dear Abby,
My heart resonates with yours in Jesus. I am SO thankful to have you linking-up on Deep Roots At Home on 'EOA' Wednesday. Your blog is so full of the beauty of the Lord...Soli Deo Gloria, yes?!!