Waiting So As Not To Miss

August 30th, 2013 by

Waiting is always a challenge, sometimes more than others.  This morning was one of those more than others times. I was in a surgical waiting room with the mother of a two month old watching the sunrise and the hands of the wall clock move ever so laboriously.  We were making waiting type conversation.  We had prayed and now we waited.  Waited for the surgeon to walk through the doors with good news.

As we waited I watched a young couple wait by burying their attention into their phones.  Thumbs moving rapidly, eyes stilled on their devices, not so much as glance toward each other.  Another young mother across from us actually, surprisingly, looked up from her attention grabbing device, which was larger than a phone, to share about her waiting for her three year old to come through her surgery.

That’s the way it used to be in these waiting rooms, people sharing with people, sharing their concerns, caring for one another while waiting.  I don’t know what they were receiving from their phones but I know they were missing some pretty precious moments.

A couple days earlier I had been at the beach waiting for, well a breeze, watching our grandkids being creative with simple sand.  A young couple plopped their blanket down near by.  I wondered if they calculated the distance a three year old could send sand?  I suspected they were close to in range, a bit risky, but we would see.  So I waited.  I’m not kidding, I couldn’t believe it, they unfolded their beach chairs, sat down and immediately disappeared into their whatever’s, I suppose phones.  What were they doing?  More importantly, what were they missing?  — God’s creation — the ocean, maybe a dolphin, a junonia, an olive or a conk, or a sand crab, or our precious grandkids?  I don’t even think a launched fist full of sand could have awakened them.

It’s easier than ever I suppose to miss the important, the precious, and the presence of God in a moment.  Waiting, expectant waiting, waiting with the expectation that there is something holy near by, about to break into our lives makes life alive with anticipation, expectation, and excitement.

I want to share some things I hope you will not miss, that include some waiting.

“Closer”

Don’t miss “Closer.”  The idea is to simply set aside a time (First Fridays) for us to come closer to our Lord, to perhaps wait expectantly.  So next Friday, 9/6, at 7 p.m. everyone is invited to meet in the sanctuary.  Fr. Dave McDaniel is the coordinator for this first meeting and here is what he sees as a very loose agenda.

                     “The three components of our gathering will be worship (Sara and company),
                      prayer (intercessory and healing), and body ministry (prophetic, gifts of the spirit).
                     I am not limiting our time together to these things, but it is how I’m seeing it now.”

To be honest, it’s hard for me to imagine a better way to spend part of an evening than drawing closer to our Lord by waiting on him so as not miss him. It certainly beats’ staring into your phone.

In His Presence”

Don’t miss this the small group campaign for Fall 2013.  We are calling it, “In His Presence.” We are putting together a six-week series on His presence in mission, ministry, worship, word, prayer, and Holy Spirit.  A more complete introduction follows this letter.  We are really excited about this and we hope everyone will participate.

Behind the Scenes

So much is missed because it goes on behind the scenes.  I wish I could share more of what I hear from members of the staff and you all.  Here’s a piece of an email sent to Cindy at the office this week from someone who was blessed by a parishioner responding to a need in her home.

                                Hello Cindy…

                              What kind of church is this? Secret spiritual SWAT Team members
Involved in serious warfare are masquerading as quiet unassuming
Anglican parishioners. I’m speaking specifically of __X.

                              __X arrived today, having cleared his schedule to accommodate my
lunchtime availability.  He walked in like a man on a mission, full of
prayer, compassion, and expertise.  What a refreshing encounter!

                            Not long ago, listening to a Bible CD, I reflected on David’s might
men, wondering if there were any men like them today, filled with
devotion and integrity. Today the answer became clear. God’s Spirit
is alive and well in our midst. Bless the Lord!

Something We Will Miss

We wanted to let you know that we are giving the Fall Festival a sabbatical rest, or year of jubilee, and are not going to offer it this year.  There are a number of things that contributed to this decision including the possibility that the need it originally was responding to is no longer there, i.e. there are now a plethora of fall festivals.

Waiting with Expectation for An Increase

The year began well with giving but summer has taken it’s toll.  June and July were each on average $10,000 below what we budgeted.  I don’t know yet the numbers for August and obviously hope this slump has been broken.  If you have taken the summer off from giving, well, fall is almost here.  We have been able to continue to help those with needs, buy some needed new equipment for the worship ministry, and send Fr. Christopher to Africa from a generous discretionary gift that is not part of the operating budget.  We are hoping and trusting this is just a summer slump. And we want to be sure to say many thanks to you all who continue to give so faithfully.

Blessed Labor Day Weekend to You All,
Carl+

PS And a final PTL, the surgery this morning went well!

Introduction to the Small Group Campaign For Fall 2013 — IN HIS PRESENCEbanner In HIs Presence

At the heart of our theme, In His Presence, is our vision statement that is on our Sunday bulletin each week — TRANSFORMATION FOR THE SAKE OF OTHERS.   We are going to look at HOW we are transformed in six different, but overlapping arenas.

But first, we need to say that we believe that it is our Lord’s desire that his children be transformed, that is, grow, develop, and mature in their spiritual lives, just as we expect our children to grow and mature in their physical and emotional lives.  God wants us to grow and wants to be part of that process. And the purpose of our growth is so that we can more fully love and serve our Lord and others. We do indeed expect to mature then as children of light and as citizens of his kingdom, and wholeheartedly believe this is God’s plan for his people.

We are going to look at six different arenas where He has promised to be present with us… these are – in Mission, Ministry, Worship, Word, Prayer, and the Holy Spirit. The way we are going to look at this is using the opening of the New Testament — the four gospels and Acts.  We are convinced that as we venture into these arenas with one another, we will experience exciting changes in our lives.

Matthew opens with Immanuel, that is — means, God with us.  The close of Matthew’s gospel sends us out to do, to teach people to obey, to make disciples and it concludes with a promise that he will be with us to the end.   “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

It’s God’s promise of his presence in MISSION.

–  Mark opens with Jesus baptism, no Christmas story here, it’s right to calling and equipping for ministry.  And it ends with all sorts of ministry going on — go, preach, baptize, and all sorts of miraculous signs and wonders will accompany your ministry.  I will be with you, nothing will harm you!

It’s God’s promise of his presence in MINISTRY.

Luke opens in the temple.  People are expectantly waiting for Messiah, and they are not disappointed.  He comes to them in the temple and they respond with worship.  His gospel closes in the temple with his people worshipping — the last verse reads — And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

And so we have the promise of his presence in WORSHIP.

John opens with THE WORD OF GOD.  You all are familiar with the prologue I’m sure … In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word of God became flesh and was with us.  And he closes with, well basically, too many words.  (John 21:25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.)   That is, all of us filled with the Holy Spirit going forth as enacted, enlivened, living words of God.  Now alive and living in his story.

The promise of his presence in his WORDS.

Acts — Then we will look at two dominant words in the Acts of the ApostlesPrayer and Holy Spirit, and we will see how we discover God’s imminent presence here as well.  You really can’t miss the presence of God in Luke’s journal here and the part that both prayer and the Holy Spirit play in the life of the early church.

And the point of his presence?  It is for our development, maturity, growth, and transformation.  And the purpose of that growth?  It is for the sake of others!

As you join us — we will find ourselves pursuing the purpose and meaning for our lives.  And as we venture into his transforming presence we cannot help but discover, perhaps inch by inch, perhaps by leaps and bounds, but either way we will discover who we are created to be in Christ Jesus our Lord and realize that our destiny as his children is to live with him and in him in this world and in the world to come.

There is no greater adventure — period.  Join us.

How on Earth Does One Live Fearlessly?

August 26th, 2013 by

I believe this is a word for all would be followers of our Savior.

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 
(Luke 12.32-34)

What I heard from this passage was: BE FEARLESS – BE GIVEN – BE BELOVED

And then I wondered: How on earth does one live fearlessly?
What on earth does it mean to be the given and to whom?
And who on earth are the beloved and how do they live?

“Do not be afraid, little flock…”

Jesus is adamant.  Elsewhere he says, “Do not be anxious,” or “Do not worry,” and ”Do not let your hearts be troubled.”  It seems he means it, don’t be fearful!

Today’s world is filled with fear, anxiety, and worry. It’s everywhere. It’s legend. You wonder would Jesus have said the same things if he lived in our world in our day?

But then, he was the only person to walk this earth with the weight of the world actually on his shoulders. So I suppose if he tells us not to live in fear we really can pay attention.

So what’s the antidote for fear?   How do we begin to live lives that are fearless? I think it begins with trust. In John fourteen we read, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”  So where is our trust level?

Do we trust the person who is telling us to not be afraid?  Do we trust him to be who he says he is and have done what he says is accomplished?

Do we really believe that the fullness of deity was pleased to dwell in him?
That he is the image of the invisible God, God with a face,
that he is for real the firstborn of all creation,
that in him all things really move and have their being,
that all things were actually created for him and by him,
that he is indeed the first and the last word about every single soul’s destiny,
that he does in fact have the whole world in his hands.
Do we trust him to be who he says he is?

And do we really believe, trust, that he’s accomplished all that we say he did?
That hell has been defeated,
that death’s victory has been stolen,
that heavens gates have been opened to us,
that our salvation has been procured,
that now absolutely nothing can separate from his love,
that he has made us children of light, and
that we are citizens of a kingdom that cannot be shaken?

Trust is a gift we give to God.
“ Trust is our gift back to God, and he finds it so enchanting that Jesus died for love of it.”  (Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust, page 3.)

… for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.

Do we then trust that it has indeed pleased the father to give us the kingdom?  What have we done to earn his pleasure?  Not a thing!
Is it only facile optimism that says,  “God loves me as I am and not as I should be?
That he loves me in the morning sun and in the evening rain,
when I pass and when I fail,
in fidelity and in infidelity,
when I’m good and when I’m not?
How firmly do I embrace the truth that God knit me together and my mother’s womb, made a plan for my life before my parents ever conceived me, had a dream of his own for my life in this world? — For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.(Ephesians 2.10) Could it be true?

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased.”

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,1 John 4.18
Do we really buy that the father is pleased with us not because of anything we do but because of who we are in his sight as his creation, and that his perfect love will drive out all fear?

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.

Our Abba is a giving God. It says he has given us the kingdom. We have neither earned nor learned it.  It is out of God’s generosity alone that we are citizens of the kingdom.

And of course it says, “For God so loved the world that he gave…” you know the rest.

When we experience God’s generosity our response is one of being generous. It’s like the extravagant love shown by the woman at Jesus feet. She expressed extravagant love to Jesus because she had experienced extravagant love from Jesus. We love because he first loved. We give because he first gave.

The world readily recognizes the value of giving. Don’t all great storylines, the best movies, have to do with someone giving of himself or herself for another?  And indeed, the greatest story ever told has to do with this theme!

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.  Sell your possessions and give to the poor.

So by our nature of being in Christ we are a generous people. But it’s more than that. We are to become the given of God. In Henri Nouwen’s little book called THE LIFE OF THE BELOVED, he describes the life of a follower of Jesus being comprised of four movements: we are taken; blessed; broken; and given.  Sound like the movements in the Eucharistic prayer we pray each Sunday?  It is.  I think it is important to see that we are given in our being taken i.e. our choseness, in our covenantal blessedness, and equally critical, in our brokenness.  It is in our brokenness that he enters in.

Ivan Sitka, our missionary in India and sometimes here, tells of a time when he was in the Delhi airport when a surreal phenomenon occurred. He said, “all of a sudden everything got spooky still.  You could hear a pin drop, and that never happens in the Delhi airport even when the president arrives.” When he looked around to see what might have caused this strange stillness he saw Mother Teresa exiting a jet way. Even the world recognizes people that are given by God.  Was the stillness the presence of God journeying with Mother Teresa?  Or did he call for the quiet, and say, see my servant?

We are first of all given to God.  Nuns consider themselves given in marriage to Jesus, as many of us are given to one another in marriage.  In a broader sense then, the church is described as the bride of Christ in scripture.  We are given to Christ.  So it is safe to say that as followers, disciples of Jesus, we are not just givers, but are given to God.  God in turn gives us, as he did his first born, to the world to serve in his name.

That means the idolatrous trinity of me, myself, and I, has to be destroyed. Seriously, don’t we tend to make 99% of our decisions based upon what’s convenient, what feels right, or better yet, what’s in it for me?  Instead of asking God, what am I to do and where am I to go?  Send me.

So, now, the true Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit must come to life in our lives.

We are the given of God, but remember, we are given as directed by our Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Jesus said things like:

…The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
…Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends.
…“I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.

So as he says in the following verses of Luke twelve, we need to be ever ready, alert to Abba’s will.  That’s how the beloved of God live;
alert to,
ready to respond,
focused on,
invested in, and
intentional about,
the kingdom of God — which is defined in the Lord’s prayer as that state of affairs where his will is done on earth as in heaven. We make it our intention to invest wholeheartedly in his kingdom realizing it is often counterintuitive and countercultural. It operates according to heaven’s values, what God sees as important.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The life of the beloved is living fearlessly, and as one who is given first to God then to the world in his name. It is being ever alert, watchful, moment-to-moment, for the will of the Father. In knowing we are loved and living fearlessly we invest all our marbles in the kingdom of God because we realize this is the only kingdom that doesn’t wear out, go up or down, rise and fall with whim of the tides of time.

But what an incredible life this is!  It is what Jesus intends for those who choose to follow. This is how the beloved of God are to live.

Blessings,
Carl+

 

 

 

 

 

Be Fearless – Be Given – Be Beloved

August 16th, 2013 by

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Had we read to verse forty-one last Sunday in Luke twelve – we might have faced an almost, maybe, unanswered question. Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?” Some say Jesus didn’t answer Peter’s question while others believe Jesus did respond and it was a yes, it was to them, his followers and not to everyone else.

Wanting to be counted among the followers, here’s what I heard him saying in verses thirty-two to forty – (you might take a moment and reread) – three words that came to me as I simply lectio’d the passage.

Be Fearless – Be Given – Be Beloved

And then I wondered:
How on earth does one live fearlessly?
What on earth does it mean to be the given and to whom?
And who on earth are the beloved and how do they live?

I’ll share some of my response Sunday.

        “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.  Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Providelampara04 purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

Books mentioned in sermon:   THE LIFE OF THE BELOVED by Henri Nouwen

Blessings,

Carl+

What Time Should We Be Ready to Go?

August 9th, 2013 by

“What time should we be ready to go?” “The service starts at 5:30, so 5:00am should be fine.” The Cathedral of St Anthony of Padua in Dunkwa-on-Offin has been beginning each ghana church aug 2013 9day with morning Eucharist for years. The service began as a way to serve the men and women of the parish who had to quickly be on their way to work. The combination of walking commuters and challenging roads led to the service beginning at this early hour.

“First thing in the morning”, the Bishop said, “they want to begin their day with worship, prayer, and Holy Communion.”

As a first-time guest to the Diocese, as a priest in this diocese, it was obvious how busy their days were already. Commute times almost as long as ours despite distances being small; pressures of family and work; challenges they met with grace and ingenuity. The idea of Communion this early in the morning, every morning, seemed ambitious. “We should at least wait until morning has arrived,” I thought to myself.

The service began, oscillating in the quiet morning air between the traditional English of the Prayer Book and the Twi responses and choruses that spilled out over the gathered congregation and through the open windows to let the neighbors of this parish know that morning has arrived and that God’s people have gathered to life their voices and hearts in praise. “The light of Christ”, they sang as the Gospel book was brought out and the reading began. Any remaining drowsiness or shadows were driven out as the clapping and harmony filled the chapel.

Hearing the Deacon as he exhorted us to trust that If God has given us a task, He will surely give us strength to accomplish it. Listening to the prayers of the people, full of expectation and zeal that crossed the language divide. All before 6:00am.

What a way to begin the day. Before the tasks of the day intrude and before the regrets of yesterday have fully formed in your mind to harass you, they have lifted their voices in prayer and praise, and have gathered at the Lord’s Table.

The rest of the day spread in many different directions, with each person returning to their homes, to their workplaces and to their responsibilities buoyed People in Ghanaby the morning’s grace.

Our days spread in many of the same patterns, and the challenges we face in our parish are distinct but of a type with the challenges of our brothers and sisters in central Ghana. While 5:30am daily Eucharist is outside of our custom, beginning the morning with a blend of  traditional prayers, scripture and your own unique dialect and dialogue in prayer can occur before our commute, before our daily tasks and before the sleep is even fully removed from our eyes. Perhaps, not only may you notice a difference, but maybe your neighbors and co-workers will be able to tell,(even if they cannot hear your shower singing), that you began your day with prayer and praise, first thing in the morning.

Only Mostly Dead

August 2nd, 2013 by

Friday, August 2, 2013. Dear Member of New Covenant and Community, Check out the newly renovated web site  www.new-covenant-church.com. And soon and very soon sermons will be back on line.  We have been recording them now for several weeks. “Only mostly dead” In this scene from The Princess Bride Fezzik carries the stiffening body of Westley to Miracle Max’s place looking for a miracle. INIGO  (stupefied) “He’s dead. He can’t talk.”

MIRACLE MAX
Look who knows so much. Well, it  just so happens that your friend  here is only mostly dead. There’s  a big difference between mostly  dead and all dead. Please open his mouth.

Inigo does. Max inserts the bellows in Westley’s mouth and starts to pump.

MIRACLE MAX
Now, mostly dead is slightly  alive. Now, all dead…well, with  all dead, there’s usually only one thing that you can do.

INIGO
What’s that?

He stops pumping.

MIRACLE MAX
Go through his clothes and look  for loose change.

Life Under Lordship – this Sunday

As I was pondering total life under lordship and Paul’s description in 2 Colossians of what God has done for us, it occurred to me that maybe our problem is that we are only partly dead in him, not even mostly dead, maybe we’re not completely buried with him.  Could that be a way to life in him?

Jesus did say things like:wheat-stem-and-grain John 12:24    I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.  

Jesus is Lord Prayer

Lord Jesus, this day I do with the utmost solemnity surrender myself to you. I renounce all former Lords that have dominion over me, and I consecrate to you all that I am and all that I have – the facilities of my mind, the members of my body, my worldly possessions, my time, and my influence over others: all to be used entirely for your glory and resolutely employed in obedience to your command, as long as you continue me in life. To your direction I resign myself to be disposed by you in such a manner as you, in your infinite wisdom, will judge most useful to the purposes of your glory. I leave to you the management of the events of my life, and say without reserve, not my will, but Thine be done!    Amen.

Jesus Christ is Lord – Whose Shoulders Shrug?

When the story of Jesus is told — his birth, his life, his teaching, his miracles, the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension, few shrug their shoulders.  To simply dismiss him people need to be horribly misinformed or ignorant of the story. Most realize that something remarkable happened.

Many consider Jesus truly important along with other Hall of Famers in world history along with Buddha, Gandhi, and add your own favorites… For them, Jesus has prestige but not preeminence or supremacy.

Colossians is one place where Paul articulates the preeminence and the supremacy of Jesus.

Col. 1:15   He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 

And from Sunday’s epistle reading –Col. 2:9        For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,

It’s a matter of fact.  Jesus is Lord was the first Christian creed

Jesus said things like, “I am the father are one.”  “If you’ve seen me you’ve seen the father.”  And “No one comes to the father but by me.” These are pretty audacious and arrogant claims unless, of course, they are true.  I think it was CS Lewis who said Jesus was either a lunatic, he thought he was God but wasn’t. Or he was a liar, he said he was God and knew he wasn’t. Or he was indeed, Lord.

It’s quite honestly so much more reasonable, rational, politically polite to say things like, “It’s all one God. No need to be confined to one tradition, one-way, one religion. Do what works for you. You can grow spiritually any number of ways.”

Yes, it is more reasonable, rational, acceptable, and politically polite to say those other things but Paul is quite clear in saying, “Only in Christ can the true God be found.  Only in Christ can true spiritual progress be made.”

My friend Brennan Manning used to say that on resurrection morning all creation picked up Jesus is Lord as the theme for its symphony!
And it is:
Tapped out in the morning rain.
Pounded out and rolling thunder.
Chanted in the changing tides.
Blinked in the twinkling stars.
Whispered in each moment of stillness.
Brennan used to say Jesus is Lord is the hymn of the universe,

When his story is told, his creation does not shrug its shoulders.

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August 1st, 2013 by

Friday Epistle

July 5, 2013

 

Dear Member of New Covenant,

The Missional Church

Being missional is not about what churches do, but what churches empower people to do in their every day lives. The Great Commission is so much more than spreading the Gospel in words; it is about embodying the Gospel message-it’s hope for transformational renewal-in everything we do. This is what it means to be missional. Witness is no longer an activity we do now and again, but witness is who we are. The world will encounter God’s love in Christ because they encounter you, and you are equipped by God’s Holy Spirit and with His Word to demonstrate the transformational truth, the relevance, the healing power of the Gospel.

What type of transformation do you think is necessary in our church to live missionally in a post-christian context, in our world?

What type of transformation do you think is necessary in your life to live missionally in your work place, neighborhoods, beaches, schools and communities?

The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.         John 1:4

Let’s go and do the same.

Sheryl

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God Is Looking for Worshipers – This Means You

August 1st, 2013 by

 June 28, 2013 Friday Epistle from Sara Buffington, Worship Leader – God is Looking for Worshipers. And this means you. When the Israelites were enslaved in Egypt, Moses and Aaron approached Pharaoh with a message. “This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” (Ex 8:1) It was a message worth repeating–it is recorded six times between chapters 8 and 10. God was, and is, calling His people to worship. So what does it mean, exactly, to worship? Gerrit Gustafson, author of The Adventure of  Worship, defines worship this way: Worship is the act and attitude of wholeheartedly giving yourself to God–spirit, soul, mind, and body.

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If you participated in last fall’s churchwide study on the Jesus Creed, this may ring some bells.  We said this every week.  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)

This doesn’t just mean you “get into the music” on Sunday.  Worship includes singing, but it certainly is not limited by it.  Worship is a life of sacrifice.  When you love God with every ounce of your being, you don’t have anything left for yourself.  You give yourself to God–and you trust yourself to Him.  

Last Sunday we sang these words, first one half of the congregation, then the other.  “The cry of my heart is to bring you praise from the inside out.”

God is looking for worshipers.  You were made for it.  It is your natural eternal occupation.  Just read Revelation 19: 1.

Then I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God!”

But that’s then, you may say, not now.  This is a time for nice songs and a comfortable life where God doesn’t ask that much of us but gives us what we ask for.  But God has called us out of Egypt today to worship Him!  Let’s join the holy roar of heaven right now and fulfill the calling that has been on us since the moment God created us.

Sara

 

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