Name: Family Worship Center
In the third chapter of Ephesians, after the Apostle Paul speaks of his persecution concerning his ministry to the gentiles concerning the dispensation of grace, he says, “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. (Ephesians 3:15-21 KJV). After making reference to “our Lord Jesus Christ” in verse 14, in verse 15 it is spoke of Him that the “whole family in heaven and earth” is named in Him. Of such, comes the name Christians. This passage relates to all in Christ as a whole family. The Family portion of the name Family Worship Center brings out the aspect of the congregation being part of the “whole family” and recognizes our relationship together in Christ; as well as, ministry to be filled with all the fulness of God. The Worship Center portion brings out what is done and location. We recognize Jesus Christ as worthy of all glory in the church; therefore, in this, we express our worship of God in all ministry. Again, “Unto Him be glory in the church.” The word Center speaks of a location. This is to make reference to our specific location of assembly which is located at 6780 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA.
Moniker/Nickname: FWC Mechanicsburg
Since churches in the new testament are referred to by location (ie. Church at Jerusalem, Church at Corinth, Church of Ephesus, Church of Pergamos, etc), and there are, in current days, many local assemblies, we identify with our location as the church in Mechanicsburg; as well as, an identifier of Family Worship Center; therefore, the nickname, used for multimedia purposes, is FWC Mechanicsburg.
Slogan: Glory-Land Way
The way and destination of righteousness:
The wisdom found in Proverbs 14:12 tells us that “there is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” There is an important relationship between the ending of our life on earth and the path of life we take. The Glory-Land way is the path of righteousness (Psalm 23:3) that the Lord leads is in as we follow Him. The end result is to find entrance to the Glory-Land.
That glory may dwell in our land:
Psalm 85:5 poses the questions, “Wilt Thou be angry with us forever? Wilt Thou draw out thine anger to generations?” The question deals with a nation that has had provoked God to anger by its idolatry and iniquity. God brought this people back from captivity thus turning from His wrath. This fifth verse is inquiring if God’s wrath will be poured out on the current and future generations.
As we continue looking at Psalm 85:6, the Psalmist asks, “Wilt thou not revive us again: that the people may rejoice in thee. This inquiry is asking God for a revival among the nation, so that the good news of god’s salvation may be experienced. After these inquiries, we see the Psalmist’s request in Psalm 85:7-9 which says, “ Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation. I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for He will speak peace unto his people, and to His saints. But let them not turn again to folly. Surely His salvation is nigh to them that fear Him; that glory may dwell in our land.”
The Psalmist is petitioning God to save the people from His anger which came through their their rebellion. To revive them, or make them alive, toward God that they might receive his salvation and peace, and to no longer turn to folly. The desire for this salvation is that God’s glory may dwell in the land.
In Jesus’ teaching on prayer, Matthew 6:10, says, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” We desire that God’s life changing revival will sweep across the land, bringing His wonderful salvation through Jesus Christ, and His glory fills the land. This is the mission of the church.
The great hymn, “The Glory-Land Way” written by J. S. Tobert
The great hymn, “The Glory-Land Way” by J. S. Tobert speaks of a life of evangelism, good news, and eternal glory. This speaks of the mission of Family Worship Center in the mission of the church, it’s fulfillment in the fulness of the Holy Spirit and goodness of God reflected in praise and worship; as well as having the hope of so great a salvation which is eternal life with Christ.
Verse 1: I’m in that way, the bright and shining way I’m in that glory-land way Telling the world that Jesus saves today Yes, I’m in the glory-land way.
Verse 2: List to the call, the gospel call today Get in the glory-land way Wanderers come home, oh, hasten to obey And get in the glory-land way
Verse 3: Onward I go, rejoicing in His love I’m in the glory-land way Soon I shall see Him in that Home above Oh, I’m in the glory-land way
Chorus: I’m in the glory-land way I’m in the glory-land way Heaven in nearer, and the way growth clearer For I’m in the glory-land way