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 for Church session
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Session \Ses"sion\, n. [L. sessio, fr. sedere, sessum, to sit:
     cf. F. session. See Sit.]
     1. The act of sitting, or the state of being seated.
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              So much his ascension into heaven and his session at
              the right hand of God do import.      --Hooker.
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              But Viven, gathering somewhat of his mood, . . .
              Leaped from her session on his lap, and stood.
                                                    --Tennyson.
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     2. The actual sitting of a court, council, legislature, etc.,
        or the actual assembly of the members of such a body, for
        the transaction of business.
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              It's fit this royal session do proceed. --Shak.
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     3. Hence, also, the time, period, or term during which a
        court, council, legislature, etc., meets daily for
        business; or, the space of time between the first meeting
        and the prorogation or adjournment; thus, a session of
        Parliaments is opened with a speech from the throne, and
        closed by prorogation. The session of a judicial court is
        called a term.
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              It was resolved that the convocation should meet at
              the beginning of the next session of Parliament.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     Note: Sessions, in some of the States, is particularly used
           as a title for a court of justices, held for granting
           licenses to innkeepers, etc., and for laying out
           highways, and the like; it is also the title of several
           courts of criminal jurisdiction in England and the
           United States.
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     Church session, the lowest court in the Presbyterian
        Church, composed of the pastor and a body of elders
        elected by the members of a particular church, and having
        the care of matters pertaining to the religious interests
        of that church, as the admission and dismission of
        members, discipline, etc.
  
     Court of Session, the supreme civil court of Scotland.
  
     Quarter sessions. (Eng.Law) See under Quarter.
  
     Sessions of the peace, sittings held by justices of the
        peace. [Eng.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Church \Church\ (ch[^u]rch), n. [OE. chirche, chireche, cherche,
     Scot. kirk, from AS. circe, cyrice; akin to D. kerk, Icel.
     kirkja, Sw. kyrka, Dan. kirke, G. kirche, OHG. chirihha; all
     fr. Gr. kyriako`n the Lord's house, fr. kyriako`s concerning
     a master or lord, fr. ky`rios master, lord, fr. ky^ros power,
     might; akin to Skr. [,c][=u]ra hero, Zend. [,c]ura strong,
     OIr. caur, cur, hero. Cf. Kirk.]
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     1. A building set apart for Christian worship.
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     2. A Jewish or heathen temple. [Obs.] --Acts xix. 37.
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     3. A formally organized body of Christian believers
        worshiping together. "When they had ordained them elders
        in every church." --Acts xiv. 23.
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     4. A body of Christian believers, holding the same creed,
        observing the same rites, and acknowledging the same
        ecclesiastical authority; a denomination; as, the Roman
        Catholic church; the Presbyterian church.
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     5. The collective body of Christians.
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     6. Any body of worshipers; as, the Jewish church; the church
        of Brahm.
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     7. The aggregate of religious influences in a community;
        ecclesiastical influence, authority, etc.; as, to array
        the power of the church against some moral evil.
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              Remember that both church and state are properly the
              rulers of the people, only because they are their
              benefactors.                          --Bulwer.
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     Note: Church is often used in composition to denote something
           belonging or relating to the church; as, church
           authority; church history; church member; church music,
           etc.
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     Apostolic church. See under Apostolic.
  
     Broad church. See Broad Church.
  
     Catholic church or Universal church, the whole body of
        believers in Christ throughout the world.
  
     Church of England, or English church, the Episcopal
        church established and endowed in England by law.
  
     Church living, a benefice in an established church.
  
     Church militant. See under Militant.
  
     Church owl (Zool.), the white owl. See Barn owl.
  
     Church rate, a tax levied on parishioners for the
        maintenance of the church and its services.
  
     Church session. See under Session.
  
     Church triumphant. See under Triumphant.
  
     Church work, work on, or in behalf of, a church; the work
        of a particular church for the spread of religion.
  
     Established church, the church maintained by the civil
        authority; a state church.
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