Where to worship?

Last week we took one of our weeks of vacation (thus, no Rankin File) and because we were going to be in town on the Lord’s Day, we spent some time discussing where we would worship. It is always a little awkward to worship at Reformed Presbyterian Church (RPC) when I am on vacation because normally I am helping in the leading of worship, and it just feels weird to be sitting out in the congregation. So, we went down our list of options.

We (mainly I) considered going back to the church where I grew up to worship, but we decided going to see old friends is not necessarily a good reason to choose to worship in a particular place. We thought of worshipping in a couple of churches close to our house, but knew that we had differing views on the content of worship, and that we would be required to explain to our boys why these churches did certain things that would not be done at RPC. Through all of this Dixie kept saying, “Why don’t we just go to RPC?”

Finally, it dawned on me (I am a little slow sometimes) to think about why we chose to worship at RPC in the first place five years ago. First, we knew that the worship would be God-centered and reverent; filled with the reading of the Word, the preaching of the Word, and the singing full of the truth from the Word. Second, we knew that we would hear a message from God’s Word (yesterday from the Book of Daniel chapter six) that would point us to Christ as our only hope in a fallen world. And, last of all, as icing on the cake, we would be with people who we love, and who love us because of the fact that we are all united to Christ by the work of His Spirit.

I did not write this to cast aspersions on other churches, or to claim that RPC is the only true church in the area, for it is not, but to show thanks to the Lord for placing us in a Body where Christ is exalted, and His Word is treasured. (For information about RPC click here.)



  1. Sandra A. said,

    November 30, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    Yes, you were where you were supposed to be yesterday. We are blessed to worship with you and to serve with and be served by you. Your boys probably really enjoyed having you sit with them in worship.
    Glad you are back at home.
    love you.

    • cliftonr said,

      November 30, 2009 at 10:11 AM

      Thanks, Sandra. It was good to sit with my family, share a Bible with Reed, and I particularly enjoyed singing, “IF Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee” as our closing hymn.

  2. Joshua Miller said,

    November 30, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    I know how you feel. It’s the same way with us and our congregation. We had the honor of serving as baptismal sponsers for the firstborn of some very close friends, and we were happy to be at their church with them for the event. Yet, anytime we are away, we remember what we miss upon our return. Not least of which is our pastor who is an Old Testament professor.

    I’m glad to see that Reformed Presbyterians are singing German Lutheran chorales. 🙂

  3. Lauren said,

    December 3, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    It made me happy to see ya’ll all sitting their together!!! I am glad that you came.

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