The Importance Of A Sunday Church Service

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Currently, I do not identify as being religious. I am not sure what I believe, so generally I try to stay away from religious conversations because they make me uncomfortable. I was raised Baptist and went to church every Sunday and Wednesday until I was around 14. Also, when I was around 18, I attempted to convert to Catholicism because of who I was dating at the time, however once we separated, I stopped my conversion. I will turn 26 next month and for this service learning project, I decided to attend a Sunday church service. I decided to pursue this as my project for a few reasons. For one, I wanted to see if going to church on my own accord was different than going because of pressure I was receiving from my ex and his family. I wanted…show more content…
Mark. People kneel toward the front of the church and make the cross symbol on themselves before sitting in a pew, they take communion, and they also do the “Peace be with you” greeting where they shake the hands of those around them. In fact, the services were so similar that I had to research exactly how they are different. What I found was fairly interesting. Some of the main differences come down to the authority of the church and its councils. One thing that I learned was, “Tradition, councils, and popes tell the faithful what the Scriptures teach and can add dogma to what the Scriptures teach (for example, the immaculate conception of Mary). We regard this as man exercising authority over the Word of God rather than sitting in humble submission before it.” (Orthodox Presbyterian Church) Also, it is interesting how the Presbyterian Church states that there is no other head of the church other than Jesus, while the Pope is the head of the Catholic Church. It was also intriguing to learn just how much the two churches differ on celibacy. I am sure it is common knowledge that members of the Catholic Church are to remain celibate. On the contrary, Presbyterians consider this to be…show more content…
I appreciate this opportunity to reassess myself and my situation and to remind myself to always be open minded, kind, and compassionate, regardless of what my faith is. I am sure my interest will be peaked again in the future and I will always be thankful for what I have learned in this
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