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The community is invited to participate in the new Sabbath services at St. Luke Church of Opportunity, 126 Brookside Lane, Morganton.

The church switched to Saturday Sabbath services July 7 and no longer offers Sunday services, after the subject of the Sabbath came up one church night by Russell Corpening Sr., trustee chairman of the church, said Aaron Hooper, bishop of the church.

“During our Wednesday night, ‘Let’s Talk Bible,’ brother Corpening asked why we did not observe the holy Sabbath,” Hooper said. “All of us come from a Christian background, and have roots in several other denominations, still were consistently taught ‘We go to church on Sunday.’ During conversations, we came to understand the most common explanation for this was (because) Jesus’ resurrection from the dead was on Sunday. We had not given much thought that Sunday was the first day of the week.”

Church members knew the Ten Commandments and focused specifically on Exodus 20:8-11 (KJV), which reads: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

Church members researched the Bible for instructions on whether services should be held on Saturday or Sunday, Hooper said.

“Nowhere is it recorded in Scripture that God said, ‘Go to church on Sunday,’” Hooper said. “So why do we?”

The group searched history books to see why Christians started Sunday worship services, he said. It was discovered that in 321 A.D., Constantine, a Roman emperor established a Sunday worship service to gain pagan worshipers of the sun god.

“Egyptians worshipped the sun god on sun-day,” Hooper said. “(Our) minds (were) blown!”

“Understanding that the God-given time of public convocation is Sabbath (as stated in) Leviticus 23:3 (KJV), and that both Jesus and his disciples observed the holy Sabbath, (as stated in) Mark 1:21, Mark 6:2, Luke 4:16, Mark 2:27, Luke 6:6, Acts 13:14, Acts 18:4, Acts 20:7 (KJV), we were moved to do the same,” Hooper said.

Hooper said that since switching to Sabbath services they have been blessed with fellowship from Dr. Gladys McClary, pastor of Bibleway No. 2 Church in Goldsboro.

“Through teaching, conversations and fellowship, our knowledge of the sacredness of the holy Sabbath has grown,” Hooper said. “It has truly been a delight. From sundown on Friday, until sundown Saturday, we worship and rest. We do our best to refrain from spending and working. Our worship is not legalism. We know we have jobs and cares of life that come as they will and often our attention to them cannot be avoided. That is fine. Jesus made it clear, ‘…The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: Therefore the son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.’ (Mark 2:27-28 KJV)”

Sabbath services are held at 9:45 a.m. for school and 11 a.m. for service, Saturdays. Every first Wednesday a prayer and praise service is held at 6 p.m. and other Wednesdays, Prayer and Let’s Talk Bible services are held at 6 p.m.

The church formed in November 1993 and will celebrate its 26th anniversary this month.

“It’s a place where you can worship, learn and experience Christian life with (an) understanding that nobody is perfect,” Hooper said. “During the Sabbath service, one can expect spiritual renewal. Praise, worship, word and rest are the key things that I’ve heard from Sabbath attendees. We’ve seen souls saved, heard testimonies of deliverance and had great fellowship. I’ve come to find myself leaving service anticipating the next one. Sabbath observance gives us time to break and enjoy what we have until sundown. We enjoy God and our family for the full Sabbath.”

The church is independent and non-denominational. It is not affiliated with Seventh-day Adventists or Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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Barbara Jolly-Deakle is a News Herald correspondent and a member of the Morganton Writers Group. She can be reached at BabbyWrites@CompasCable.net.

(8) comments

StevenT

It is my understanding that Jehovah's Witnesses worship on Sunday. Not sure why they were mentioned here.

Freedom

Seventh Day Adventists keep the Sabbath. Not sure why Jehovah Witnesses were even mentioned.

Shaun St. Clair

Seventh-day Adventists and the Kingdom Hall people share a common origination stemming from William Miller's aspect of "The Second Great Awakening" in the 1830s and 1840s.

PankyHank

Trivial at best. When one gives praise to Being is irrelevant considering it should be EVERY DAY! Humans try so hard but fail to understand that it's as simple as waking up each morning and saying to one's Self that "I am grateful to be here in this place at this time and I will do my best to harm none and help others in any way I can."

Mr. Lamb

At least changing to the 7th day Sabbath is a turn in the right direction. And Sanctifying and keeping the Sabbath Holy and Separate from the 6 work days is what the creator did and set an example for us to do is a move in the right direction!

But, understanding the Calendar of Creation that was not a continual 7th day of a Roman Calendar, but first realizing that the term" in the beginning" was a space of time that must be recognized as the "Day of the New Moon" before day one of the first work day will be the next move in the way of following the calendar of creation and doing the will of the Father.

In Gen. 2:4 we find that the space of time of creation of Gen. 1:1 was call a day also...and thus the Calendar is more fully understood!

Since "Days were to be Identified " by the lights of heaven, and to be called evidence [called signs in english] it will be discovered that if the Moon's lights do not identify your Sabbath day by its light, it is not the same 7th day that Yah blessed and sanctified at creation.

Thus, also it is noted in Gen 2:2 the 7th day is mentioned 2 times.

One where he "finished his work" and one 7th day that he rested and Sanctified and blessed. Most are under the thought that these 2 seventh days are one and the same. But, not so! It is clearly said in Gen 1:31 That the creator finished his work on the 6th day of the week, not the 7th day of the week. Thus we find, in conclusion of this that there were 2 seventh days . 1 seventh day was the 7th day of the Moon that he finished his work on which was the 6th day of the week. The 2cd seventh day mentioned was the 8th day of the Moon.

So many want to say that the 4th day of Creation was when he created the lights of heaven because of the English translation of the 16th verse, Where it says in English he made 2 great lights. But the word in Hebrew that the word "made" was translated from is the same word in Psalms 104:19 that is translated "appointed" !

And reads Ps. 104:19 He appointed the Moon for Mowedims! The Hebrew word Mowedims is plural for the "Feast Days" found in Leviticus 23, of which the Sabbath is the first "Mowedim" mention in Lev. 23:2-4, and also these days of the Moon are mentioned in Numbers 28 and in Numbers 29 or which the "Day of the New Moon is found as one of them in Numbers 28:11.

And of course not to leave out Numbers 10:10 where the "beginning of your moons" is to be a memorial to Yah the Creator....known as "in the beginning" in Gen. 1:1 in the space of time where darkness was on the earth, before day one of the six working days.

Thus, the true calendar for finding the true 7th day of the week is found in the calendar of the light of the Moon , his voice from heaven, to all peoples for all times and for all nations!

For more answers to these statements please feel free to contact me at Stephen Lamb on Facebook!

BDown67

Maybe they will continue to dig into the Word and discover the rest of the Leviticus 23 Feasts of the Lord, of which Sabbath is just the first.

Mr. Lamb

That would be great! HalleluYah!

John Adolfi

What this church did was incredible!

Thank God for those who won’t let the usual arguments of “keeping the law” or the orthodoxy of Sunday keeping stop them from following all 10 of the commandments.

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