Sunday, August 03, 2014

Worship Service in the Old Colony Church

Men sit on the left women on the right

Mennonite Heritage Village
Traditional German service
Aeltester: Rev Dan Warkentin
Deacon: Cornie Ginter
Songs Willkommen, liebste Freunde hier
Ringe recht, wenn Gottes Gnade
1 Peter 2:11, 12
Beloved brethren and sisters in the Lord. God draws his people to salvation. Jesus teaches us not to serve 2 masters. Give up every form of evil. Those who give up everything will get the everlasting rewards and eternal life. Love as brothers bless everyone. The face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

Kneel for prayer

11Dear friends, I warn you as "temporary residents and foreigners" to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 12Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

Beloved.  Our text says we should have faith and abstain from fleshly lust. They war against the soul. I am a stranger and sojourner. Consider King David. He was humble and prayed for forgiveness when he sinned. Obedience is better than sacrifice. Saul was disobedient and did not surrender to God and his word or seek forgiveness. Abstain from all lusts. Overcome evil with the spirit of God.
Deny the lusts of fancy clothes and furniture. Live simple lifestyle.
He that does the word of God will live forever. Cut off your right hand if it causes you to sin,  our loving saviour said.  Don't give sin any room. Avoid fortification and lusting after other women.
The old man is irrevocably bad. As you live for Christ you will suffer persecution. Walk circumspectly. Always be ready to give an answer for your faith. Live peaceably with all men. Overcome evil with good. Let the light of Christ shine. Christ was rejected by the world. Be the light of the world.
By this shall all men know that you love Jesus if you love one another. Abel suffered. Many were killed for righteousness. Daniel was cast into the lion's den. The anti-Christ is doing everything he can to destroy us. Run with patience the race set before us.

Kneel for silent prayer.

May the Lord hear our prayer and be merciful to us.
Hymn #242 Kommt Kinder, lasst uns gehen, der Abend kommt herbei

I ask that you accept the word of exhortation. Let us thank him for his forgiveness

This sermon was preached by Peter R Reimer in 1888 in the Blumenort Kleingemeinde Church

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