Worship in Truth and in Spirit Admin July 16, 2012 Grace Methodist Church Worship should be an everyday lifestyle – it would be sad if we only remember God on Sunday, says Bong. by James TC Wong JUL 16, MIRI – Have you ever pondered on your purpose of attending church worship every Sunday? What kind of attitude do you have during worship? Or do you treat your church like a secular organization where you meet to fellowship or to do some social work? These were the uneasy questions asked in the opening introduction as Bong Wui Choo preached during the Sunday Service at Grace Methodist Church yesterday. A Lay Preacher of Mei Ann Methodist Church, Bong Wui Choo graduated from the Methodist Theological School in Sibu. She is also the present Music Director of the Miri Methodist District Churches. To provide a fresh insight to the congregation on the wholesome meaning on Worship, Bong used the Old and New Testaments to illustrate her points. She spoke on the historical background of the Jews and the Assyrians around the 700 BCE and how inter-marriages had caused controversies on worship locations among the Jews and the Gentiles. “Remember Jesus and the Samaritan woman?” asked Bong, referring to the Book of John. The Samaritan woman had questioned Jesus on where they were supposed to worship. Samaritans worshiped God at a different place unlike the Jews. Jesus corrected her and explained that it was not the location that mattered when worshiping God but instead the worshiper had to be indwelt with God’s spirit. Jesus told her, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24, NIV) Other points covered by Bong included Worship Order and its 3 Components, Worship as a lifestyle, Worship is a relationship, Preparation for Worship, and the Behaviour and Response during Worship. “I hope we can learn together in today’s message. As we understand more on the order of Worship, we will enjoy more and to receive His teachings and blessings,” said Bong as she summed up her sermon. Members of the congregation were pleased with Bong’s sermon. “The message was refreshing and timely,” said Andy Chew, the Liturgist for the morning service. “Instead of using the iPad, I will use my personal hard copy bible now. I really appreciate what Bong has mentioned about the Do’s and Don’ts during the Worship service,” added Wendy Tiong, an active church member.