Who are you?
We are “the
that didn’t want to be”. The Maranatha Church of God began
when the church previously attended by our original members, changed
its day of worship from Sabbath (Saturday) to Sunday and discontinued
worshiping on the Biblical Holy Days. We had grown close to each
other through worship, a weekly Bible Study and fellowship and were
determined to remain faithful to “the truth which God gave, once for
all, to his people to keep without change through the years” (Living
Bible, Jude 3). When the change came many decided to continue
worshiping together on the Sabbath rather than going our separate ways.
was held on Saturday, April 3rd, 2004, followed by the
annual Passover Service on Sunday, April 4th, 2004, in which
26 persons participated. As support for our group continued to
grow, prudence dictated we apply for corporate and charitable status
which were both attained on December 9th, 2004. Burt
Russell, one of our founding members and a long time member of the
Church Of God in Barrie, Ontario, Canada greeted the brethren each
Sabbath with “Maranatha” (Maranatha is
word transliterated into Greek meaning “our Lord will come” or “our
Lord has come”). Burt’s greeting caught on and “Maranatha” became
the standard form of greeting the congregation in Barrie. When it
came to choosing a name for incorporation purposes "Maranatha Church of
God" was the obvious choice.
Church of God, under the leadership of Jesus, is dedicated to
proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God, to encouraging
individuals to live by every word of God and to growing in love for God
and for our fellow man.
Why didn’t you join another Sabbath and
Biblical Holy Day observing Church instead of starting your own?
We had no desire to leave the
formerly attended or to go our separate ways consequently staying
together was the only option that appealed to us. We never
seriously considered anything else. As a congregation we are
truly friends and not only worship together but have a lot of fun
Do you have ordained people in
Of God, Barrie Ontario congregation, has
ordained ministers, two ordained Deacons and three ordained
Are your ministers paid?
All of our ministers and officers are volunteers. No one is paid.
do you worship on the Sabbath (Saturday) and on the Biblical Holy
Days? Hasn’t the law been changed or done away?
Search as we may, we find no
evidence of an
annulling of the law anywhere in the Bible. On the contrary, we
find evidence, including historical information apart from the Bible,
indicates our Saviour and the Apostles and the Church continued to
worship God on the Sabbath and Holy Days.
The Catholic Mirror, published in
in 1893, referring to the Sabbath (Saturday) as the biblical day of
worship, stated “Thus, it is impossible to find in the New Testament
the slightest interference by the Saviour or his Apostles with the
original Sabbath, but on the contrary, an entire acquiescence in the
original arrangement; nay a plenary endorsement by Him, whilst living;
and an unvaried, active participation in the keeping of that day and
not other by the Apostles, for thirty-years after his death, as the
Acts of the Apostles has abundantly testified to us.”