From the Pastor
Let us come into God’s presence with thanksgiving.
Let us make a joyful noise to God with songs of praise!
These are the words from the Psalmist that call us into worship during this season of Lent. When you think about it, it’s quite an invitation: to bring our praise and our gratitude before God.
To come into God’s presence at all is a bold and wondrous thing. And yet, that’s what we seek to do every Sunday morning. Or, really, it’s what we seek to do with our whole lives, isn’t it? I think that’s what Lent is, actually: it’s an invitation to live our whole lives – not just our Sunday morning best – in the presence of the very God who created us and loves us and knows just how fully human we really are. It’s a bold and wondrous thing to live our lives in the presence of God.
I’ve been thinking about worship a lot lately, about all the moments that make up our worship life. When we all laugh together, because sharing joy is healing. When we cry together, because sharing our grief is healing, too. On prayer station Sundays, when we get up and move and pray with our whole bodies. When the children lead us in song. When a variety of voices bring our scripture to life.
Music, of course, is also such an integral part of worship: we join our voices in singing, or listen to the gifts of the choir, or let the music wash over us as we come to the communion table. As you know, we’re in the midst of a music staff transition, and I know we are keeping all this in mind as we evaluate our music needs as a congregation. To that end, please take a moment to answer a few questions about our music program – see page 7. I’m looking forward to seeing where God leads us in this transition.
Grateful to be church together with you,