Realm is coming back in September!
Realm is a new weekly time of worship, the Word, and prayer that will take place at Leidy’s Church in Souderton, PA every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. with plenty of coffee and community before and after. This event is open to everyone young and old, Leidy’s members or those who’ve never stepped foot in a church. Stylistically Realm will be oriented towards modern worship songs emphasizing the majesty, glory, and might of Christ our Savior. The teaching will engage with God’s Word and apply it to us today. We are looking forward to joining together in the worship of the Lord our God. For let our worship be on earth, as it is in heaven! (read more about the inspiration for Realm below the break)
Realm. You may have noticed this new, rather uniquely named, weekly event popping up everywhere at Leidy’s Church. So, what is it? A new designer label? A Sunday School class? A youth event?
Actually, it’s none of those things. Rather it is a new weekly time of worshipping through song, listening to God’s Word, and seeking the Lord in prayer in a relaxed and passionate atmosphere. How can something be relaxed and passionate at the same time? Well, we will be relaxed in terms of dress, teaching style, and musical form, but passionate in our seeking of the Lord our God, and in our relentless pursuit of knowing Him better.
What should you expect at this new event? We will be spending 30 to 40 minutes singing praises to God and worshipping Him through modern worship songs. Examples of the type of song we will be singing would be: Jesus by Chris Tomlin, Build Your Kingdom Here by Rend Collective, and Holy Spirit by Francesca Battistelli.
After we sing we are going to study God’s Word, all the while seeking the Lord in prayer. This leaves two key questions, why call it Realm and why have this sort of thing at all? The answer to the second question is more important so we’ll start there.
We were created to worship. Worship is in our blood. Man will worship just about anything (seriously, just think of some of the silly obsessions of our culture). Everyone worships. But, as those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, we know there is only one right and true object of worship, that is, the true and living God.
One of the most powerful expressions of worship is singing. Revelation 5:11-14 describes the scene in heaven this way: Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.
I would suggest the closest we get to heaven on earth is when we are singing, praying, and responding to God’s Word in His presence with other believers. Hence, the name Realm, as in God’s reign over both heaven and earth. Our tagline is: Let our worship be on earth, as it is in heaven. There is constant worship around the throne of God and when we praise the Lord we join in the mighty chorus, even if only in a mirror dimly. One day we will worship Christ on the throne, experiencing the fullness of glory. This is why I believe Realm is so significant. What a blessing it will be to me (I have the blessing since I’m part of the team) to be able to devote a night of my week just to worshipping God. This is not a replacement for the worship of the church body on Sunday. Rather it is a shot of adrenaline to encourage us to slow down and worship God throughout our whole week. (How’s that for a mixed metapor!)
Come, join us in worshipping our Savior, giving praise to His name, and experiencing His goodness to us. All this is in anticipation of the day when we will praise Him not just with the church in Souderton, in the United States, or in the 21st century. We will be with all those redeemed by the blood of Christ from Moses and the Saints of Old to our children’s children. Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright.