Pastor's Blog
August 2, 2017, 10:00 AM

August Blog


Psalm 100

1  Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.

2  Worship the Lord with gladness;

come into his presence with singing.

3  Know that the Lord is God.

It is he that made us, and we are his;

we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4  Enter his gates with thanksgiving,

and his courts with praise.

Give thanks to him, bless his name.

5  For the Lord is good;

his steadfast love endures forever,

and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 100 is one of the most familiar of the songs of praise in the Bible and the source of some of our most beloved songs of worhsip.  The hymn tune "Old Hundreth" pays homage to the psalm and is used in our congregation as the tune for the Doxology.  Verses 1 and 2 of the psalm itself are an invitation to sing:  "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing."  A "joyful noise" was the appropriate greeting for a monarch in the ancient world, and in this case, it is "all the earth" that cries out in joy at the presence of the Creator.  It's the kind of joyful noise you might make when you enter the front door of your family home after a long absence; the excited cry of being home at last.  When entering the gates of the Lord, those excited cries then turn to songs of worship.

If we consider the place where we worhsip as our church "home," these opening couple of verses have a lot to say to us.  Do we make a "joyful noise" when we come to worship?  Do we worship the Lord with "gladness?"  Do we come into his presence with singing?

If worship is designed to praise God in God's presence, it should be joyful!  Our church doors may not look like an ancient gate or the front door to home, but entering through them should be cause for praise and thanksgiving.  When we worship, it's a noise that should shake the whole earth!

Let's truly seek to "Praise God from whom all blessings flow" every Sunday!

God Bless you,

Pastor Becky

 

 

 




June 28, 2017, 9:16 AM

July Blog


Flag of the Free

Look at the flag as it floats on high,

Streaming aloft in the clear blue sky,

Rippling, leaping, tugging away,

Joyful as the sunshine, bright as the day.

Throbbing with life, where the world may see-

Flag of our country, flag of the free!

What do we see in the flag on high,

That we bare our heads as it passes by,

That we thrill with pride, our hearts beat fast,

And we cheer and cheer as the flag goes past-

The flag that waves for you and me-

Flag of our country, flag of the free!

We see in the flag a nation's might.

The pledge of a safeguard day and night,

Of a watchful eye and a powerful arm

That guard the nation's homes from harm.

Of a strong defense on land and sea-

Flag of our country, flag of the free!

We see in the flag a union grand,

A brotherhood of heart and hand,

A pledge of love and a stirring call

To live lives for the good of us all-

Helpful and just and true to thee.

Flag of our country, flag of the free!

Flutter, dear flag, o'er the lands and the seas!

Fling out your stars and your stripes to the breeze,

Righting all wrongs, dispelling all fear,

Guarding the land that we cherish so dear,

And the God of our fathers, abiding with thee,

Will bless you and trust you, O flag of the free!

- Walter Taylor Field

We celebrate our freedom as a country this month.  What a gift it is to live in this land of the free.  Yet our true freedom comes in knowing Christ.  It is in that relationship that we are truly free to be all God wants us to be.  Give thanks to God for the gift of both.

Happy Fourth of July and may God bless you.

Pastor Becky