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Worship At Woodmont Takes the Mark

The BEAST is a "new style of Music or Satyric Drama."  The MARK

Isaiah 3:4 et dabo pueros principes eorum et effeminati dominabuntur eis
        dominabuntur Ruler,  MARK Women or the Effeminate as  oratio,
        MARKWomen or effeminate who are consilium the person who forms the purpose, 
        MARKWomen or the effeminate who Teach Over  aedĭfĭco  in a religious sense, to build up, instruct, edify.

Isaiah 3:12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them.
        O my people, they that lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

mŭlĭer as a term of reproach, a woman, i. e. a coward, poltroon: arbĭtror to make a decision, give judgment or sentence: OR mŭlĭĕro, to make womanish, render effeminate

Boys: -Effemino II.Trop., to make womanish, effeminate, to enervateA.Womanish, effeminate,
II. Trop., to make womanish, effeminate, to enervate: “fortitudinis praecepta
illa elocutio res ipsas effeminat,Quint. 8 prooëm. § 20.
A. Womanish, effeminate (cf.: “mollis, luxuriosus, dissolutus): ne quid effeminatum aut molle sit,Cic. Off. 1, 35, 129; cf. id. Tusc. 4, 30: “intolerabile est servire impuro, impudico, effeminato,  “furialis illa vox, religiosis altaribus effeminata,Cic. Planc. 35, 86B. In mal. part., that submits to unnatural lust: “pathicus,Suet. Aug. 68;

Thērion , to (in form Dim. of thēr),
A. wild animal, esp. of such as are hunted, mala gar mega thērion ēen, of a stag, Od.10.171, 180 (never in Il.); in Trag. only in Satyric drama, 
mousikē aei ti kainon thērion tiktei
Paul silenced men beyond the teacher because they might enjogy wrath or an ORGY breaking out. This would be natural for those who attended Greek worship to enjoy the music and girls.

Paul silenced women or effeminate males (Phil 3:1-2) because they believed that they were favored by the "gods" and were PROFESSIONED as mediators.

Everyone should be silenced because the singular pattern for the ekklesia-synagogue from the wildernesss onward was to READ and REHEARSE the Word of God and be able to return home to discuss it.

1Tim. 2:5 For there is one God,
        and one mediator between God and men,
        the MAN Christ Jesus;

THE FAITH has been delivered once for all. A church of Christ is built upon or EDUCATED by the Prophets and Apostles.  Paul left us his memory of his eye-- and ear-- witness validated by signs and wonders by Jesus the SON as the only speaker for these last days. 

He outlawed private interpretation or Further Expounding to MARK anyone who would speak on their own.
2 Pet 1:15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease 
        to have these things alway in remembrance.

2Pet. 1:16  For we have not followed cunningly [sophizo]  devised fables,    
when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
         but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
Fables are myths from MUO [to shut the mouth: music forces the lambs to be silent before the slaughter]
Muthos   2. fiction (Opposite. logos, historic truth) Opposite of speaking, singing, playing instruments.

We are excited about these discussions and the MOVEMENT of the Spirit in this PLACE. We are confident that God will continue to guide us and lead us as we seek to Love Him, to Love Each Other and Love the World!

SPIRIT is a humanoid word to hint at how God the Father puts HIS WORDS into the MOUTH of Jesus Christ only.
G4151 pneuma pnyoo'-mah From G4154 ;
        a current of air, that is,
        breath (blast) or a breeze;

        by analogy or figuratively a spirit,
                that is, (human) the rational soul,
        (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc.,
               or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God,
        Christ’s spirit, the Holy spirit:—ghost, life,
            spirit (-ual, -ually), mind. Compare G5590 .

G4154 pneō pneh'-o  A primary word; to breathe hard,
        that is, breeze:—blow. Compare G5594
APOLLON was-is the leader of the locusts who were his worship team of MUSES and HE was the evil SPIRIT with Abaddon the definition of the SERVICE of the Jacob-Cursed and God-Abandoned Levites.
-Spiritu2. The breath of a god, inspiration: by a divine inspiration.
spiritum Phoebus [Apollon] mihi, Phoebus artem Carminis [singing and playing, enchantment, sorcery] dedit, poetic spirit or inspiration

Ventus literally wind. , i, m. Sanscr. vā, blow; vatas, wind; Gr. root aw-, , aēmi,
      to blow; whence aēr, aura, etc.; Goth. vaia, to breathe; vinds, wind,
i. e. of the plans, designs, id. Fam. 2, 6, 4: loqui est coeptus
John confirms Jesus Who said that HE would be the COMFORTING HOLY SPIRIT.
1John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate [Paraclete] with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
Jesus as Holy Spirit guided the Apostles--only into ALL TRUTH. Jude warning about the Musical Idolaters at Mount Sinai said that were FOREORDAINED.  So is anyone who does not know that INSTRUMENTS intended to silence God and are always associated with BURNING.
Jude 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for THE FAITH which was once delivered unto the saints.
It is despising Father who put His WORD into the MOUTH of the Son without another "god" person to ENABLE THEM.
1John 2:15 Love not the WORLD,
        neither the things that are in the
        If any man love the
WORLD, the love of the Father is not in him
1John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes,
        and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is OF the
1John 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:
        but he that DOETH the will of God abideth for ever.

The World or Kosmos is the ECUMENICAL or the Kingdom of Satan who is the father of instruments to shut down the human SPIRIT.

The ancient Middle East constituted an ecumene. The term ecumene comes from the Greek word oikoumene, which means the inhabited world and designates a distinct cultural-historical community. The material effects of the commercial and cultural interconnections that permeated the component regions of the ancient Middle Eastern ecumene are richly supplied by archaeological excavations, which provide evidence of the spread of architectural, ceramic, metallurgical, and other products of ancient Middle Eastern man's industry.

Manufacturing and services tended to be monopolized by professional guilds, including religious personnel specializing in sacrifices, oracles, divination, and other kinds of priestcraft. The mobility of such guilds throughout the entire area helps to explain the spread of specific religious ideas and techniques over great distances. Just as guild potters spread ceramic forms and methods, so also guild priests spread their religious concepts and practices from the Indian Ocean to the Aegean Sea, and from the Nile River to Central Asia. The Greek poet Homer, in the Odyssey, noted the mobility of guildsmen, mentioning religious personnel as well as architects, physicians, and minstrels. Guild priests called kohanim were found at ancient Ugarit on the Mediterranean coast of northern Syria as well as in Israel. Moreover, Mycenaean Greek (late Bronze Age) methods of sacrifice are similar to the Hebraic methods, which are preserved in many countries to this day in the traditional techniques of Jewish ritual slaughter.

"The ancient Middle East made a place for
homosexuality and bestiality in its myths and rites. In the Asherah cult the qedeshim priests had a reputation for homosexual practices, even as the qedeshot priestesses for prostitution. Israel eventually banned both the qedeshim and qedeshot, while in Ugarit the and kohanim were priestly guilds in equally good standing. Baal is portrayed in Ugaritic mythology as impregnating a heifer to sire the young bull god. The biblical book of Leviticus (18:22--27) bans homosexuality and bestiality expressly because the Canaanite population had been practicing those rites, which the Hebrews rejected as abominations. Middle Eastern Religion

The MARK is engaging in Singing and Playing instruments which is always the MARK of trying to silence the Word and also associated with BURNING.


Paul commanded that both male and female be SILENT in the church so that:

1Tim. 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved [SAFE],
        and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. [The Word, Logos, Regulative Principle]

Men are to pray so that WRATH or an ORGY does not break out.
Women are to be silent because they always claimed to speak FOR the gods in their music or drug induced madness. In all of the "silent passages" the people could not grasp that:

1Tim. 2:5 For there is ONE GOD
        and one mediator between God and men,
        The MAN Christ Jesus;


John 8:38 I SPEAK that which I have seen with my Father:
        and ye DO that which ye have seen with your father.

No Spirit Person involved. Spirit is a parable word to show that WE do our own BREATHING (spirit) and articulate our own words.

DO specificially speaks of anything you COMPOSE or PERFORM which is a WORK.
SPEAK or READ is the way to separate out the gender-confused.

John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my WORDS,
        hath one that judgeth him:
        the WORD that I have spoken,
        the same shall judge him in the last day.

John 12:49 For I have not spoken of myself;
        but the Father which sent me,
        HE gave me a commandment [He did not need a Spirit God]
        what I should SAY, and what I should SPEAK.
[never sing God's Words]

John 12:50 And I know that his commandment is [LIFE] everlasting:
        whatsoever I
SPEAK therefore,
        even as the Father SAID unto me, so I SPEAK.

How blasphemous to say that God NEEDS a Spirit God to Speak.

John 6:63 It is the SPIRIT that quickeneth;
        the flesh profiteth nothing:
WORDS that I SPEAK unto you,
        they are
SPIRIT, and they are [LIFE]

Leonard Allen: WE can say that there was a doube sending--two missions
        the mission of the Spirit AND the mission of the Son. [ p 107]

The very truth about Christ--that he is God in the Flesh, Son Saviour, and Messiah--becomes INTELLIGIBLE through the deep work of the Spirit

The Jews and the Nashville Wrecking Crew strongly deluded and not able to read BLACK text on BROWN paper.

John 10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not;
        but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a MAN, makest thyself God.

Jesus and all of Scripture:

John 10:36 Say ye of him,
        whom the Father hath sanctified,  [when baptized 30 years after He came IN THE FLESH]
        and sent into the world,
[BLASPHEMIST]; because I said, I am the SON OF GOD?
John 10:37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.

Woodmont NOT APT: read on behalf of the shepherds on sunday, August 26, 2018 

THE PEOPLE PROMOTING INSTRUMENTS AS "WORSHIP" ARE PURPOSE DRIVEN.  God PROVIDES: they lie about 2 Chronicles 29 and are FORCED to try to lead the flock to a HOLOCAUST.

2Chr. 29:25 And he SET the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps,
        A. according to the commandment of David, and of Gad the king’s seer,
        B. and Nathan the prophet: for so was the commandment of the LORD by his prophets.
God had abandoned the Jews to worship the STARRY HOST so it is natural that Dad was a STAR GAZER
Thanksgiving Hymn (1QH 7
And they, teachers of lies and seers of falsehood,
have schemed against me a devilish scheme,
to exchange the Law engraved on my heart by Thee
for the smooth things which they speak to Thy people.
And they withhold from the thirst the drink of Knowledge, (Amos 5, 6, 8, Isa 5)
and assuage their thirst with vinegar,
that they may gaze on their straying,
on their folly concerning their feast-days (Jubilee, Feast of Tabernacles)
on their fall into their snares.
They have overtaken me in a narrow pass (gap) without escape
        And there is no rest for me in my trial.
They sound my censure upon a harp
and their murmuring and storming upon a zither." Ps.41:11


Finally we are having the HOLOCAUST: TO TOTALLY CONSUME IT.

2Chr. 29:26 A.
And the Levites stood with the instruments of David,
and the priests with the trumpets.
2Chr. 29:27
And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the altar.
And when the BURNT offering began,
the song of the LORD began also with the trumpets,
and with the INSTRUMENTS ordained by David KING of Israel.


Jer. 7:21 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
        Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh.
Jer. 7:22 For I spake not unto your fathers,
        nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt,
        concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:
Jer. 7:23 But this thing commanded I them, saying,
        Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people:
        and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.

Woodmont NOT APT: At the beginning of the year, the shepherds and ministers set aside 90 days for prayer and study regarding God’s desire for worship. Importantly, we were reminded that the lives we live are our worship to God. But our worship assemblies are also an important element of worship.

The kingdom does not come with observation meaning Religious Observation PERFORMED by hirelings for which God gave no ROLE and no DOLE.


Isaiah 32:1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness,
        and princes shall rule in judgment.
Isaiah 32:2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind,
        and a covert from the tempest;
        as rivers of water in a dry place,
        as the shadow of a great rock [^tra] in a wearyland.

The Covenant is with the HOUSE or the LAITY excluding priests or Levites. Someone has turned you into SERFS because they want to be ALPHA MALES never moved beyond tribalism. APT elders as the only Pastor-Teachers are limited to "teaching that which has been taught." They never have to PRAY to be able to READ or SPEAK as the MARKS to exclude the Dogs, Catamites prowling around seeking someone to "devour."


Abs-condo  to put away, conceal carefully, hide, secrete (the access. idea of a careful concealmen
B. In gen., to make invisible, to cover: “fluvium et campos caede,” 

Tempestas  , a time, season, period, weather  2.  A storm, shower, i. e. a throng, multitude, etc.: “querelarum,Cic. Pis. 36, 89: “turbida telorum,Verg. A. 12, 284;

cēlo , to hide something from one, to keep secret, to conceal;
hospĭtālis , e, adj. hospes, I. of or relating to a guest or host, hospitable
a. Apartments for guests, guest-chambers, Vitr. 6, 10.—

umbra 4. A shade, shady place, that which gives a shade or shadow (as a tree, house, tent, “studia in umbrā educata,in the closet, study, Tac. A. 14, 53; cf.: “rhetorica,” i. e. the rhetorician's school, Juv. 7, 173\
C.  Rest, leisure:ignavā Veneris cessamus in umbrā,Ov. Am. 2, 18, 3
stŭdĭum I. a busying one's self about or application to a thing; assiduity, zeal, eagerness, fondness, inclination, desire, exertion, endeavor, study (b). A place for study, a study, school (late Lat.): “philosophum (se egit) in omnibus studiis, templis, locis,

doctrīna , ae, f. doctor, I.teaching, instruction (class.; cf.: litterae, artes, disciplina, praecepta, scientia, humanitas).
A. Object., the knowledge imparted by teaching, i. e. science, erudition, learning
B. Subject., the habit produced by instruction, principle: “mala studia malaeque doctrinae,Cic. Leg. 2, 15 fin.: “neque id fecit naturā solum, sed etiam doctrinā,Nep. Att. 17, 3

The Woman at the Well was smarter and more ethical than all of the end-time preachers.  She said that "When Messias comes He will TELL US ALL THINGS.  Jesus said that He was the Christ and that worship is IN THE SPIRIT which is a PLACE in contrast to Gerezim or Zion. Worship is IN TRUTH so that the only operative words for the "straight" sector is SPEAK or READ that which is written for our learning.

This began at Jubilee 1989 100 years after the Christian Church invented the PSALLO word to justify instruments and attempted to subvert churches of Christ.  This also lead up to the year 2000 which begins the SEVENTH day.

THIS IS IN THE BOOK.   Jesus doesn't pray for the WORLD, Kosmos, the ecumenical or the kingdom of Satan.
God hides from the Wise or SOPHISTS who are self-authoring preachers, singers or instrument players. Jesus called them HYPOCRITES.
Those who SPEAK the Word, Logos or Regulative principle will be HATED, HOUNDED and Cast out of their Synagogues by Demoniacs claiming that A spirit told them that sowing discord is now in style. The personified SPIRITUS is Apollon the leader of all MUSICAL WORSHIP TEAM where the Muses are LOCUSTS for Bible Readers. 

The BEAST is "a sudden, new style of music or Satyric drama."

Jeremiah 15:3 And I will appoint over them four kinds, saith the LORD:
        the sword to slay,
        and the DOGS to tear,
        and the fowls of the heaven,
        and the Beastias of the earth,
        to devour and destroy.

h3611  keleb, keh´-leb; from an unused root means. to yelp, or else to attack; a dog; hence (by euphemism) a male prostitute:—dog.

Mălus , gramina,id. A. 2, 471: carmen, i. e. an incantation,
As a term of abuse, plague, mischief, torment: “male tibi esse malo quam molliter,I would rather you should be unfortunate than effeminate,

THE Beastia

2.As a term of reproach (cf. belua and our Beastia): “mala tu es bestia,Plaut. Bacch. 1, 1, 21; -Pl. Poen. 5.5.—And, humorously, of the odor of the armpits (cf. ala and caper. cappella), Cat. 69, 8.— II. Transf., as a constellation, the wotf, Vitr. 9, 4 (7)  cănis (cănes , Plaut. Men. 5, 1, 18; id. Trin. 1, 2, 133;
B. “bestiarum vocabulum proprie convenit leonibus, pardis et lupis, tigribus et vulpibus,
a. A shameless, vile person, Plaut. Most. 1, 1, 40; Ter. Eun. 4, 7, 33
2. As the regular designation of the hangers-on or parasites of an eminent or rich Roman; a follower, dog, creature:
a. Tergeminus, i. e. Cerberus. Ov. A. A. 3, 322; id. Tr. 4, 7, 16; “called also viperius,id. Am. 3, 12, 26: “Tartareus,Sen. Herc. Fur. 649: “triformis,id. Herc. Oet. 1202: Echidnaea. Ov. M. 7, 409; cf.: “infernae canes,Hor. S. 1, 8, 35; Verg. A. 6, 257; Luc. 6, 733. ——
Trĭformis , e, adj. ter - forma,
I. having three forms, shapes, or natures; threefold, triple, triform (poet.): “Chimaera,Hor. C. 1, 27, 23: canis,” i. e. Cerberus, Sen. Herc. Oet. 1202: “Geryon,id. Agam. 841: All pagan god heads were trinitarian.
diva, i. e. Diana, who was also Luna and Hecate, Hor. C. 3, 22, 4; called also triformis dea,

Ov. M. 7, 94
: “mundus, because composed of air, earth, and water,id. ib. 15, 859

Pl. Bac. 1.1 Note: Your Bacchanalian den: "Bacchanal" was properly the place where the Bacchanalia,  or orgies [Paul's WRATH], were celebrated. He styles them "Bacchantes," and their house a "Bacchanal," in allusion both to their names and their habits

7 Mischievous serpent: "Mala tu's bestia." Literally, "you are an evil Beastia;" which sounds harsh to an English ear, even when applied to such an animal as Bacchis. Bacchanet minister of Bacchus.

This is the PATTERN of the Angels of Light: "We have an agenda to IMPOSE instruments and so Discord but you might BOLT.  However, if we pray for 40 days or 90 days then YOU will know that the Holy Spirit Person has given us "his" permission."

This is the PATTERN of the Angels of Light: we don't intend to study but just READ all of the music passages supplied by the Christian Church.

The Proof Texts are from the period of the Monarchy which God abandoned to WORSHIP THE STARRY HOST which included ABADDON. a word defining the service of the Jacob-cursed and God-abandoned Levites an old infant burning or HOLOCAUST priesthood from Africa.

Amos 5:26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images,
   the STAR of your god, which ye made to yourselves.

Acts 7:41 And they made a calf in those days,
        and offered sacrifice unto the idol,
        and rejoiced
        in the
works of their own hands
Euphrainō , Ep. euphr-, fut. Att.155.12, Pi.I.7(6).3
II. Pass., make merry, enjoy oneself,  Xen. Sym. 7.5
ai. mēkhanēn, in the theatre, Antiph.191.15; so “epi tas mēkhanas katapheugousi theous
4. take up and bear, as a burden, “moronA.Pers.547; “athlonS.Tr.80; “algosA.R.4.65.
2. raise by words, hence, praise, extol, E.Heracl.322, etc.; ai. logō to exaggerate, D.21.71

panta sophismata kai pasas m. epepoiēkee es autous DareiosHdt. 3.152; mēkhanais Dios by the arts of Zeus,
sophistōn m.Pl.Lg.908d

The practice in the wilderness, tyre and Jerusalem

Acts 7:42 Then God turned,
        and gave them up to worship the HOST of heaven; 
        as it is written in the book of the prophets,
        O ye house of Israel,  have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices
        by the space of forty years in the wilderness?

Amos 5:27 Therefore will I cause you to go into
        captivity beyond Damascus,
        saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.
Acts 7:43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, 

        and the star of your god Remphan, 
        figures which YE MADEto worship them: 
        and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

The Babylonian mother of Harlots in Revelation 17 in chapter 18 uses priests who are LUSTED AFTER FRUITS (the same as Amos 8)

Rev. 18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
Rev. 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;
Rev. 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy SORCERERS were all nations deceived.
Rev. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and SORCERERS, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.



Trumpet, drums, flute, cymbals and castinets with buffoons
Psallo permits ONLY smiting a string with your FINGERS: not a plectrum
Psallo and SOP have the same root meaning

2Peter 3:3 Knowing this first,
        that there shall come in the last days scoffers,
        walking after their own lusts,

Empaig-ma , atos, toA. jest, mocking, delusion, LXX Is.66.4; magikês empaigmata technês

Paizō , prop., play like a child, sport, “ de th' hama Numphai . . agronomoi paizousi
4. play on a musical instrument , h.Ap.206: c. acc., “Pan ho kalamophthogga paizōnAr.Ra.230; dance and sing, Pi. O.1.16.
5. play amorously, “pros allēlousX.Smp.9.2; “meta tinosLXX Ge.26.8; of mares,  

They were not Spiritually and Biblically illiterate. Paul said THEY ARE LYING IN WAIT TO DECEIVE.

Jude referenced the Musical and Perverted PLAY at Mount Sinai which was without redemption.  Anyone not sticking with the WORD, he says, were FOREORDAINED.  They are old spirits unleashed by Apollon and His Muses who were adulterers (selling anything of God)

For our worship times together, four foundational principles were identified:

-Worship should honor God;

-Worship should be transformational;


Romans 12:1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that
        YE present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
        which is your reasonable service.  
        ēn logikēn latreian humōn:

Rom. 12:2 And be not conformed to this world:
        but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
        that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

The Word or Logos is God's Spirit or Mind put into the mouth of Jesus. The Logos outlaws personal opinions or experiences, preaching, singing, playing instruments or acting all of which are known to MAKE THE LAMBS DUMB BEFORE THE SLAUGHTER.

2Cor. 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,
        transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
2Cor. 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself
        is transformed into an angel of light.
2Cor. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing
        if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness;
        whose end shall be according to their works.
Acts 17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription,
        TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you

[1.2.5] One of the porticoes contains shrines of gods, and a gymnasium called that of Hermes.In it is the house of Pulytion, at which it is said that a mystic rite was performed by the most notable Athenians, parodying the Eleusinian mysteries. But in my time it was devoted to the worship of Dionysus. This Dionysus they call Melpomenus (Minstrel), on the same principle as they call Apollo Musegetes (Leader of the Muses). Here there are images of Athena Paeonia (Healer), of Zeus, of Mnemosyne (Memory) and of the Muses, an Apollo, the votive offering and work of Eubulides, and Acratus, a daemon attendant upon Apollo; it is only a face of him worked into the wall.

After the precinct of Apollo is a building that contains earthen ware images, Amphictyon, king of Athens, feasting Dionysus and other gods.

Apollōn , ho, Apollo: gen. ōnos (also ō An.Ox.3.222): acc.

A.ApollōIG1.9, al., A.Supp.214, S.OC1091, Tr.209 (lyr.) (mostly in adjurations, nēton Apollōn, etc.), “ApollōnaPl.Lg.624a, freq. later, Agatharch.7, etc.: voc. “ApollonAlc.1, A.Th.159(lyr.), Cratin.186, etc.; “ApollōnA.Ch.559; cf. Apellōn, Aploun.
II. Pythag. name of a number,

-[1.1.4] The Athenians have also another harbor, at Munychia, with a temple of Artemis of Munychia, and yet another at Phalerum, as I have already stated, and near it is a sanctuary of Demeter. Here there is also a temple of Athena Sciras, and one of Zeus some distance away, and altars of the gods named Unknown

Pausanias Greece Paus. 1.2 But in my time it was devoted to the worship of Dionysus. This Dionysus they call Melpomenus Apollo [Abaddon, Apollyon] Musegetes (Leader of the Muses). 

Mousagetēs 1 doric for Mousēgetēs leader of the Muses, Lat. Musagetes, of Apollo, Plat1 Mous-a_getēs, ou, ho

Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;Acts 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands,
        as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

Rom. 12:2 And be not conformed to this world:
         but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
        that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and PERFECT WILL OF GOD

2Cor. 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,
        transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
2Cor. 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself
        is transformed into an angel of light.
2Cor. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing
        if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness;
        whose end shall be according to their works.

Woodmont NOT APT

-Worship should be edifying; and

-Worship should be missional.

After the end of the 90-day period of discernment, the shepherds and ministers affirmed that we found no scriptural requirement that the worship music in our Sunday morning assemblies remain a capella only.
        We also believed that including instrumental worship in our assemblies
        could enhance the four foundational principles for some of our members.

-Worship should honor God;

-Worship should be transformational;

-Worship should be edifying; and

-Worship should be missional.

After publicly announcing those understandings in April, the shepherds and ministers hosted listening sessions, inviting all to come, ask questions and share their perspectives. The listening sessions were well attended and provided a richness in varied perspectives – with some excitement and some angst. Also in the month of April, a Worship Renewal Team was commissioned to study our worship assemblies… get feedback from our members… get feedback from other churches who had already wrestled with the same questions… and then to bring a recommendation back to the shepherds and ministers, for the consideration of the shepherds.

During May and June, Jeff and the teaching team presented a series of lessons painting a grand image of worshipping the God of creation. We were exhorted to love one another, assuming the best motives in our brothers, and to submit ourselves and our own personal preferences to our brothers and sisters in unity.

Throughout the months of May, June and July, the Worship Renewal Team met and worked on their charge. Most of you – 578, to be exact – participated in the church-wide worship survey. All of the survey responses were not only considered in the formation of the recommendation, but significantly influenced the recommendation. The team was also influenced by best practices of other churches like us.

Next, the Worship Renewal Team presented their recommendation to a larger focus group of our church members, to receive feedback on how it was being heard. That process largely affirmed the recommendation. At the beginning of August, the Worship Renewal Team met with the shepherds and ministers to present their recommendation, provide its rationale, engage in conversation and answer questions.

At this point, we want to thank the members who participated on the Worship Renewal Team, including: Jeff Brown, Calvin Channell, Helen Derryberry, Brad Fisher, Sara Harvey, Lauren Sheppard, Jon Tate and Will Walker.

After hearing the recommendation, we met together on two other occasions to further discuss our worship assembly practices. I want to let you know that the shepherds are in agreement with each other and have decided to make the following changes in our worship assemblies.

First, concerning worship music in our Sunday morning assemblies, the second service on Sunday morning will begin to use instrumental praise in a significant way. The first service will continue the tradition of a capella music as it has been done to this point.

Second, as to our communion practice, worship leaders are encouraged to think creatively and use variety in the form of communion. While some enjoy the regular practice of family-style communion, many of you felt that the current practice of family-style communion does not uphold our four foundational worship principles.

Third, worship leaders are encouraged to increase the number of testimonies shared, as they can be one of the most transformative aspects of our assembly time.

Fourth, worship leaders and the church are encouraged to invite a broad and diverse group of people to share their gifts with the church family during and in support of our assembly times.

Finally, the church will make available the necessary resources to support these changes, specifically, by hiring a full-time worship minister to work alongside Michael and the other ministers.

So what comes next?

The full text of this announcement will be available on our website later today. Also, sessions are being scheduled for this Wednesday and next Sunday so that you can provide feedback to shepherds and ministers and ask questions you may have about the upcoming changes.

We have not yet developed specifics about how any new practices will be implemented, but we will certainly communicate them once they are confirmed.

I want to assure you that from the very beginning of this process, our desire has always been to be led by God’s Spirit. Our study showed God’s desire for our worship to be authenticated by the lives we live in the 167 other hours each week when we are not in the Great Hall. Even so, God’s word also emphasizes the importance of our assemblies. We know a capella music has been a defining characteristic of our tradition, but we wanted this process to be much more than a question of a capella versus instrumental music. Considering how to embrace the freedom we enjoy in Christ and introduce instrumental praise into our assemblies was the issue that was most difficult to discern. Some want to embrace both styles of music in all of our assemblies, yet we do not believe that right now is the time to make that move. Ultimately,

different worship practices are transformative to different groups of our body, and we want to make space for all.

We do not believe we have now reached the finish line. You may see other new worship practices at Woodmont Hills that were not specifically mentioned in the four points that were just presented. Worshipping the infinite God of the universe is not something that we have “solved.” If we were to spend 100% of our collective lives pursuing this end, our efforts would still be a thin glimpse of the glorious praise the angels know.

So… thank you for the grace you have shown to each other and to us throughout this process. And please continue to pray that God’s Spirit will lead us forward in unity and beautiful harmony.


Worship at Woodmont

Read on behalf of the shepherds on Sunday, April 8 2018

An Update from Shepherds and Ministers on Our Discernment Process

Woodmont Church Family,

On January 14, we announced that the shepherds and ministers were entering a 90-day period of discernment concerning worship at Woodmont. For several weeks we have been praying, reading, listening, and discussing the intersection of worship, mission, and heritage in our church life. We are considering the core values that should shape our practices, including, but not limited to, our practices concerning instrumental music. While we have not completed that 90-day period, we want to update you on what we are discerning at this point, and we want to invite you to join us in this process.

We spent considerable time discussing the theological aspects of our worship practices. Years ago, Woodmont concluded that there are no scriptural prohibitions against the use of instruments and that this practice was a matter of opinion, tradition, and heritage. While we maintained our acapella heritage in the Sunday morning assembly, we have used instruments in many other settings, including First Wednesday Worship, Good Friday Services, Youth Worship, Camps, Children’s Worship, Sanctuary for college students, and more. During this season of discernment, we have unanimously affirmed that there is no Scriptural command to use acappella singing only, and that we are free in Christ to reconsider this practice. So we have determined it is time to lift that restriction and begin a process of evaluating what changes should be made as we think more broadly about our worship. Affirming this freedom means we must now think about our assemblies theologically and missionally. We are in full agreement that the way we worship should be determined by how we honor God, are led by the Spirit, build each other up, and are transformed by our time in worship and fellowship.

We then moved from theological discussions to consider the relationship between our assemblies and our mission. Over the years, much has changed in our culture, our church, and even among other Churches of Christ and our shared institutions. We believe that we must consider whether our current practices in our assemblies will help us or hinder us from reaching unbelievers, discipling our children, and welcoming those we invite to our gatherings. Our focus cannot be on what any of us personally prefer. Our focus must be on the mission that sent Jesus into this world and called us into God’s family. Whatever decisions we make should be driven by our mission to love God, love each other, and love the world. Our discernment has led us to a consensus that reconsidering some aspects of our assemblies could help us accomplish God’s mission.

Our most recent discussions surrounded the pastoral implications of any decisions we may make about our assemblies and worship practices. We know that each of us is impacted personally by how we worship. We know that some have left our church family because of changes we have not made, and some may consider leaving if we do make changes. And we recognize that many of us have strong feelings about worship that involve aspects of our assemblies other than the way we sing—including the way we pray, take communion, and more. Whatever decisions come from this season, we are committed to lead us to love each other, listen to each other, and respect each other.

When Mark Phillips made the initial announcement on January 14, we pledged that this season would conclude with open and honest communication and that we would create space for dialogue as a church family. We are inviting you now to join us in that dialogue. We are asking you to continue to pray about these matters and to share with us what comes from your time in prayer. We aren’t asking for us all to push for our personal preferences. We are asking you to join with us in prayerfully discerning what God’s will is for our assemblies, how we can best fulfill our mission to reach people with the good news, and how can we continue to join together in worship and life as the Family of God at Woodmont Hills. And we want to hear what you feel God is saying.

We value your input, so on Wednesday, April 11, and Sunday, April 15, we will provide some focused opportunities to talk together about our assemblies, with more opportunities to follow. We also anticipate a survey of our church family. In the days ahead, we will take time for study, teaching, and prayer. No decisions have been made about what specific changes will be made in our Sunday assemblies, nor about when such changes will be made; and we will not make any changes without time for us to talk and pray together. Please continue to pray with us as we seek God’s will.

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant us to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together we may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6)

Your Shepherds and Ministers

Worship at Woodmont

read on behalf of the shepherds on sunday, january 14, 2018

At Woodmont, our desire is to be led by the Holy Spirit into worship that honors the Father and transforms us to become more like Jesus. Last January, we, as your shepherds, made a commitment to prayerfully consider the intersection of worship, mission and heritage. In the 2017 Vision and Mission Booklet that we handed out, we communicated, “Where heritage gives us effective and helpful expression to our love for God, we should listen. Where it does not, we must find other and new ways to express this love.” We said, “It is wise to keep our focus on mission rather than heritage as we encourage others to love God.”

We want you to know that the shepherds and ministers have been engaged in continual dialogue about worship at Woodmont. In the first three months of 2018, the shepherds and ministers will enter a time of discernment as we seek God’s will with regards to worship at Woodmont. Over the next 90 days, we will look intently at the intersection of worship, mission and heritage. We will be discussing different ways to structure our Sunday assemblies to engage seekers and longtime members alike. We will be evaluating our current policy regarding the use of instrumental music. And we will be looking for new ways to call more people into the mission of God. We are overwhelmed by God’s heart for the lost. The Good Shepherd left 99 sheep in the open field to pursue the 1 that was lost. We believe God’s people should reflect God’s heart!

This period of discernment will conclude with open and honest communication to the Woodmont family. We will consider worship policies and practices through the lens of our mission: Love God, Love Each Other, and Love the World. Yesterday, the shepherds and ministers gathered to consider worship from a theological perspective. We seek to honor God, above all others, as we worship. In February, we will be considering worship from a missional perspective. We want to mirror God’s love for the world with our assemblies. And in March, we will assemble to consider the pastoral implications of changing or maintaining our current worship policies and practices.

Insights that emerge from our time of discernment will be shared through congregational teaching in both large and small groups. We invite and encourage your questions, concerns, encouragement, and prayers. We value your input and we will create space for dialogue. While we know that we cannot “please” everyone we fully intend to lead everyone. Any changes in policy will be communicated well in advance of implementation. We are asking you to pray that God would lead us all. We are asking you to pray for us and to trust us. We are committing to open and honest communication. Above all, we are committing to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

We are excited about these discussions and the movement of the Spirit in this place. We are confident that God will continue to guide us and lead us as we seek to Love Him, to Love Each Other and Love the World!