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John 13:34-35

'A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.' 

Psalm 95 calls for the people of God to come together as a community of faith. 'O come, let us sing unto the Lord; let us make a joyful noise...let us come before His presence...let us worship and bow down...let us kneel before the Lord...we are the people of His pasture.' The emphasis in Hebrew worship was always on the entire congregation because God intended worship to be a community event. One of the dangers of contemporary religious teaching is that it seeks to reduce everything about our relationship with God to the individual level. There is a tendency to remove the corporate aspect from worship. When we remove the corporate aspect from worship, we remove the community aspect from all of life resulting in the impression that we are not responsible for anything that happens in the community if it doesn’t have a direct impact upon my life. Scripture clearly teaches that I am my brother’s keeper. Individual worship is important, but God has called us to live in community and fellowship with one another. Worship in the New Testament church was clearly about koinonia (fellowship).

At First E.C. when we come together for worship, we become the living reality of the body of Christ in our world. We have adopted a blended style of worship in our church that appeals to all ages so that all generations can benefit together from each perspective. And our worship doesn’t end at the close of the Sunday morning service. Throughout the week there are varied opportunities for worship, service, and fellowship. First E.C. is a place where each individual can grow in their spiritual development as a result of a loving, supportive family of believers.

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