Our next Sunday night fellowship will be held on Sunday, April 1, 2018. Our March fellowship meeting was especially blessed by the manifest presence of God, for which we are most thankful. God always comes for a reason, and the theme of this meeting was encouraging us to recognize that God is in control.
Our first-Sunday pm meetings are open meetings held for fellowship between churches. The Lord has blessed us to have friends from both Missouri and Illinois in attendance and every meeting has been a blessing. Some have been mostly singing, some have been mostly personal testimonies of God's help, and a few have been lots of preaching! Our February meeting was especially blessed by a phone call from Melville, LA concerning our oldest son, Titus, who was in attendance there. Via the miracle of modern cell phone service, we were able to hear an altar service in progress in which Titus commited his life to God, was filled again with the Holy Ghost and baptized in Jesus' name! There was a lot of shouting going on in praise to our God who brought another straying lamb into the fold.
These meetings are structured to give God the opportunity to build up His church by participation from whichever members of the body that He chooses.
Our Sunday morning church consists of singing, prayer, testimonies, and the preaching of the Word of God. We believe worship should not be formalistic, but respectful, reverent, fervent, and scripturally spiritual. According to the words of Christ, "they that worship must worship in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeketh such to worship him". The preaching is sometimes a Bible lesson, sometimes doctrinal, sometimes evangelistic, as the Lord leads.
Thursday nights are for group prayer, a time of Bible memorization, and Bible Study. We open our Bible studies to questions and answers and invite you to come.
Currently the Northeast Missouri Shape Note Singers are meeting on the second Saturday of every month from 2:30 to 5:00. Our next singing is to be held on Saturday, April 13, 2018. THE MARCH SINGING IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE STATE CONVENTION BEING HELD ON MARCH 10 & 11. For information and directions to the state convention, go to stlfasola.org. This is a non-commercial, informal event in which both participators and spectators are welcome. You are welcome to arrive or leave at any time, as this is common and does not disrupt the singing whatsoever. During good weather, the church-yard will be full of children playing frisbee, football, or tag during the breaks.
Shape-note singing is best described as four-part harmony in a primitive fashion. We sing from the Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition (Denson Book) and the Missouri Harmony. We sit in four sections facing the "hollow square" and read our respective notation to determine the parts. This tradition is tracable to the early reformation, at least and is a wonderful way to learn note reading, harmony, historical hymnody, give glory to God and enjoy fellowship all at one time. An advantage to learning this acapella type of singing is that it trains one to determine the melody of a song when musical instruments are not available. This is especially advantageous in a family setting during devotional time, while travelling, or spontanaeously as the need or desire arises. As one song exhorts us, "let all inspired with godly mirth sing solemn hymns of praise".
We sing what is known as "fa-so-la" or four shape music. Come and enjoy an historic, edifying, and religiously educational experience!
PLEASE NOTE: As this type of music is acapella, or sung without musical accompanyment, we do not usually use these books in our normal church worship. It is our practice to employ all types of acoustic musical instruments in joyful and reverent praise to God!
Old Paths Bible Church
P. O. Box 65
Bowling Green, MO
Phone: (573) 324-6720
This website is a means of connecting with people who want truth, fellowship, spiritual edification or are just curious about the concept of "God". The Old Paths Bible Church is a home for people who are longing for non-contemporary, old fashioned church . We are seeking to be more scriptural, more Spirit-led, and therefore more truly relevant. If you are a distraught Christian tired of production, amplification, and showmanship, a seeker of sound, simple Bible teaching, or a non-Christian with an open mind to Christianity and a desire to find purpose, we invite you to come seek out the "old paths, where is the good way and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls".
Pastor Tommy Schultz