Touché April 28, 2017
Posted on April 28, 2017 by under Touché,


The “1” in 167

“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.” (Matthew 28:16-17)

Will we worship is not the question.  Who, what, where, when, how and why we worship is the question.   For the next five weeks at HRC, we will answer the crucial questions about the centrality of corporate worship in our lives.

The disciples’ response to their encounter with the risen Christ was, as a group, to bow down in worship.  The word “worship” had never been used in their relationship to Jesus, but the clarity of the resurrection allowed them to see that the one who stood before them was the living God and everything about scripture points to the our response to God being a response of worship.

This Sunday we will start the journey with a survey, introduced to us by Jon Norton, the former Synod Executive for New York.  Jon is doing a study on understanding a congregation’s personality type and its effects for worship and outreach.  The study seeks to learn about how different worship styles and types of programs help people with different psychological types to come closer to God.

You will be invited to do an eight to ten minute survey that will be the basis of a report that he will return to us.  We are helping him as he looks for a larger RCA church to study, and he will be helping us as we understand a little more of who makes up our worship.  You may also take the survey on-line if you wish at:

The incentive for this series comes from group reflection on worship that we shared in with Wednesdays at the Well this past winter.  In God’s good providence Jon’s study just happened to coincide with the start of this series.

We were made by our creator to worship.  We are called by Jesus to do that together.  Jesus gave the charge for 167 living on that mountain as told by Matthew.” Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Our mission for the rest of the 167 hours of our week is clear, but we are reminded that it starts with the first hour of the week, as we share in worship and receive our direction.

I hope you are here to worship this Sunday, Taylor