Renew My Church

(This is a suggested worship service with all the needy elements) Margarida Ferreira Sarli, Editorial Coordinator for this section.

Scripture reading

Romans 12:1-6

Suggested hymns

Rejoice, ye pure in heart!      Hymn No. 27
Rejoice, the Lord is King       Hymn No. 221

Offering prelude . . . His peculiar people

In 1 Peter 2:9 God designates His people as a "peculiar people." The marginal reference reads, "a purchased people." We have been bought by the precious blood of Christ. We are to be peculiar in that we do not visit the questionable places many people of the world frequent. We do not read the same literature, eat the same diet, follow the same practices.

The word peculiar comes from the Latin word peculium, which means "belonging to." In the English dictionary one definition of the word peculiar is "private property," or "privately owned."

God's people are a purchased people. They belong to Him because He has bought them. They are His "private property." They are "peculiar," or "different," because they are His and because they seek to serve Him, return the tithe, and keep His commandments. This, in a world of disobedience, makes them "peculiar," or different from those about them.

Children's story . . . Found the true church

Lesson: The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 12:17.

"Margaret, I am certain that the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord and that God wants us to keep it holy," Louis Rondeau spoke with conviction. "Yes," agreed his wife. "But I don't know any church that keeps Saturday, do you?" "No, but there must be one, and God will lead us to it."

One day Louis felt impressed to take the phone book and go down the list of ministers in the yellow pages and ask them to help him. Picking out a name he dialed the number.

"Hello. This is Louis Rondeau. My wife and I are looking for the church that keeps all the commandments of God, including the seventh-day Sabbath. Do you know of such a church?"

"No", the minister said. After several more calls, Louis was given the name of Peter Uniat, pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Louis phoned immediately. In his home, Elder Uniat picked up the receiver to hear a man's voice say, "I am looking for a church that keeps the seventh day holy. Can you help me?"
"Yes," Elder Uniat replied. "I surely can."

Studies were soon arranged and Louis and Margaret were thrilled with the beauty of the message that was unfolded before them. Every piece of truth harmonized with the whole. Here indeed was the church for which they had been searching.

On Sabbath, February 17, 1973, Louis and Margaret were baptized in the Edmonton South Church, Canada, and they walked out of the water as members of God's remnant church. Louis and Margaret didn't have to search any longer. They had found God's remnant people. They had found the church that keeps all the commandments of God, including the seventh day Sabbath. They had found the church of Revelation 12:1 7.

What about you? Have you been baptized yet? Have you made your decision to join God's remnant church? If not, there is no better time to decide than right now. Why not phone your pastor and tell him that you want to join the baptismal class? He will be happy to help you.