The Vision of Heritage United Methodist Church is to be a place for making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We seek to focus on this vision by developing ministries in three areas: Worship, Grow, and Serve. We believe what we do as driven by one or more of these core purposes will result in us being a place for making disciples of Jesus Christ to the transformation of the world.
There are two aspects of what we mean when we talk about worship. The first is the weekly gathering of the church to join our voices together in affirming God’s goodness, faithfulness, love and power; to bear witness to God’s wonderful work of salvation; to hear God’s voice proclaimed; and to offer our prayers, presence, gifts and service. This gathered experience of worship is of utmost importance to the health of our spiritual lives and we should each be committed to this weekly gathering of the church in worship.
“He taught me how to sing the latest God-song, a praise-song to our God. More and more people are seeing this: they enter the mystery; abandoning themselves to God.” Psalm 40:3(Msg)
Ten Benefits of Weekly Gathered Worship:
1. God is worthy of our gathered praise and worship
2. Worship right-sizes my image of God and myself.
3. It is the antidote to self-centeredness
4. Worship reminds us we are in unity with 2 billion believers worldwide
5. It realigns and recalibrates our spirits each week.
6. We need to witness to a watching world.
7. It honors martyrs who are persecuted for gathering to worship
8. It provides the large front door to the body of Christ
9. It models faithfulness to the next generation.
10. It allows us to celebrate the sacraments of communion and baptism together
The second aspect of worship involves the daily rhythm of our lives and how we acknowledge God in the midst of our moments and days. This involves the habit of daily prayer, mediation of Scripture, and acts of love. Another foundation to daily worship is cultivation a heart of gratitude. James 1:17 says, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights….” Make it a practice to recognize the good things that come your way and pause to give thanks and praise for those things.
“Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name.” Psalm 103:1(NLT)
As a disciple of Jesus Christ we have chosen to embark on a life-long journey of following Jesus. To help us on that journey, God has given us the wonderful gift of His Word, the Bible. In the Bible, we find persons whose lives give us an example to follow as well as practical advice, stories, historical events, and poetry to speak to our souls. We can also find examples of what not to do! It’s all there for the taking, any time we want.
Following Jesus becomes more fulfilling when we pursue healthy growth habits: Daily quiet time for praying and Bible reading, praying conversationally with God throughout the day, intentional Bible Study and developing a growing heart for all people; especially the poor and those who don’t yet know Jesus as Leader and Savior. We can do these things alone and gathered together in small groups of believers.
Jesus invites us to dive deeply into the abundant life and pursue knowledge of Him which will grow into a love for Him that you simply cannot contain within yourself.
Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5(NIV)
Jesus said, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25)
Even if a puzzle is only missing one piece, it is not complete picture. Your life is like a puzzle. The pieces fit together to make a whole picture. We are called to serve beyond ourselves and to produce maturity and stability in our church family. Just like every piece of a puzzle is needed, we are all needed to complete God’s picture. His picture for our lives, our church and beyond…. It takes us all!
The Apostle Paul said, “Each of you should look not only to your own interest, but also to the interest of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ…who took on the very nature of a servant.” (Philippians 2:3-5 NIV)