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Amish Worship

Somewhere this morning worshipers will arrive in horse-drawn buggies. The men will be wearing dark trousers, straight-cut coats, and broad-brimmed straw hats. The women will be wearing modest dresses with long sleeves and full skirts, a cape and an apron, and their hair will be in a bun covered w bonnet or white prayer cap. They won't have on any makeup. 

This Amish worship service will last 3 hours: The liturgy will be in High German, even though the congregation is meeting in the middle of the U.S. The service will start with hymns, sung without accompaniment, and very slowly (some can take 20 minutes). The 2nd hymn will always the Loblied, sung in German. 

There will be 2 or 3 sermons! 

That's a long service, but at least no cell phones will go off, and there wouldn't be any sound system problems! (Since, of course, the Amish don't believe in such modern conveniences.) 

A shared meal follows the service.

Reference: BBC on the Internet, www.bbc.co.uk/religion

Definition of Worship

What does it mean to worship? It's one of those words we use often without having an exact understanding of what it means. Our English word "worship" was originally the Old English word "worthship,&... [Read More]

Snake Handlers

Somewhere this morning—probably in a church in the Appalachian Mountains—worshipers will take up take up deadly snakes with their hands. And perhaps be bitten by them, and perhaps even injured or killed.  

These &qu... [Read More]

Reference: "Snake Handlers Hang On in Appalachian Churches," National Geographic News, NationalGeographic.com, Brian Handwerk, for, April 7, 2003

Vision of the Throne

Ken Dickey was an old cowboy-turned-deacon in a Baptist church in the Phoenix area. One night he was traveling north toward Flagstaff with his wife and son when they had a terrible accident. Ken and the boy were sleep... [Read More]

Reference: Pastor Bill Ray, Desert Joy Christian Fellowship

McDonald’s Restaurant Locations

McDonald’s owner Ray Kroc, in the early years of McDonald’s expansion, had an unusual way of scouting for new locations for his restaurants.

He and his staff would get in the company plane and fly over the commu... [Read More]

Reference: Biography on CNBC, 2009