A tale of 2 churches

A thriving church, and a declining church in danger
(1 Thessalonians 1:2,3 with Revelation 2:1-7)
A thriving church delights my soul
– strong hope, and love and faith
directs their dedicated toil
while serving Christ on earth.

But when that love has faded, fled,
the works may seem the same,
but not to Christ, the Master, Head:
and much will be in vain.

What causes Christ displeasure, pain?
Has any pride crept in?
Self pity, jealousy brings shame,
and bitter thoughts begin.

Take your complaints to Christ in prayer.
Keep fellowship with him,
and ask he will your love repair,
prevent decline within.

We all must search our hearts, but try
within our church to share
concern that each of us apply
God’s Word with love and care.
Tune: CM Colchester or Kilmarnock

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