Middle Church

I, somewhat jokingly, refer to Branch of Hope Orthodox Presbyterian Church as a middle church (as opposed to high church or low church). The fellowship of believers is important; church is in not a few senses the most important thing one does all week, in fact. Church is taken seriously. The Lord’s Supper is celebrated weekly, a great blessing for which I am thankful; far from becoming meaninglessly rote, the sacrament is our spiritual nourishment. While there are not any “smells and bells,” the kind of high church ceremony that some prefer, there definitely is a well thought out and biblical liturgy (or call it an order of worship, if the word liturgy scares you; see a note about Covenant Renewal Worship here), hopefully following the Regulative Principle of Worship. The idea is that we do our best to submit ourselves to Scripture in everything we do.

I thank God for my church.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV)

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