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Why do we...?
Why do we Worship God?
"You must worship the Lord your God; serve only Him."
Why do we have Speaking in Unknown tongues and the Interpretation in the Church?
"So, dear brothers and sisters, be eager to prophecy, and don't forbid speaking in tongues. But be sure that everything is done properly and in order."
1 Corinthians 14:39 & 40
Why do we have Audible Praise to God?
"Praise the Lord I tell myself; with my whole heart, I will raise his holy name."
Why do we Sing Songs as well as Hymns?
"Don't be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the holy spirit fill and control you. Then you will sing Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, making music to the lord in your hearts."
How do we Worship God?
"But the time is coming and is already here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship Him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth"
Why do we Sing in Tougues and in English?
"Well then, what shall we do? I will do both. I will pray in the spirit, and I will pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I wil sing in words I understand."
1 Corinthians 14:15
Why do we Stand to Sing?
"Then the Levites from the clans of Kohath and Korah stood to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud shout."
2 Chronicles 20:19
Why are Musical Instruments part of the Worship Service?
"Praise him with a blast of the trumpet; praise him with the lyre and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;praise him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise him with loud clanging cymbals."
Why do we Clap our Hands?
"Come everyone, and clap your hands for joy! Shout to God with joyful praise!"
Why do we do Prophecy?
"But one who prophesies is helping others grow in the Lord, encouraging and comfronting them"
1 Corinthians 14:3
Why do we Lift Our Hands?
"So whoever you assemble, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy"
1 Timothy 2:8
|Jean Smith: My Favourite Things|
Jean Smith lives in Llanelli in Wales and was diagnosed with Parkinson's over ten years ago. She enjoys art and poetry.
I found out I had Parkinson's, just after my 60th birthday, about three years after my husband passed away. When I was told I had the condition I decided that I would not let it be the end, but be the start, of a different type of lifestyle.
Over the past few years I began writing poetry. When something I see catches my eye, or I hear something unusual, I like to catch it on paper. I now have about 80 poems that I am starting to put into a book form. I also took up art lessons and this summer completed my Certificate of Higher Education in Fine Art.
I'm lucky to have a big family in Wales. I have 17 grandchildren, plus three grandsons-in-law and two great grandchildren! My favourite memories are of when my children were small and my husband was still alive - Christmas time was always particularly special.
I have really good friends at the Parkinson's branches and love to collect unusual quiz questions that we have really good fun with.
I've just been to Stratford-upon-Avon with my PDS branch for a holiday. I've always enjoyed visiting places with plenty of history. When I was younger I used to enjoy going to London. I like the idea of walking down streets knowing that people walked down the same streets hundreds of years ago.
I also love the countryside, it's great to get outdoors among the trees and flowers. My husband and I always used to spend hours in the countryside.
Although I will be 72 this year I really enjoy keeping active. I enjoy going ten-pin bowling and at home friends and neighbours like to come round to have a game on my nintendo Wii Sports!
My final thoughts are that although I have Parkinson's, I have found that with faith and by keeping active, that I am still me.