When is the last time you read and reflected on the words of Psalm 100? Perhaps they are for you today.
1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who 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. (ESV)
Did you notice how we are to come to worship? With joy, with gladness, with singing, with thanksgiving, and with praise.
Why should we come to worship this way? Because he is God. Because we are his people. And, because he is good. The fuel for our worship flows from God’s character and his sovereign grace that made us his own.
And what does God’s “goodness” mean? It means he leads us, feeds us, and protects us like a shepherd with his sheep. It means his love for us is steadfast, unchanging. It means we can count on his faithfulness; now, and in the generations to come.
Let this call to worship soak into your soul. Then, come to worship every Sunday ready to put it into practice!
Grateful for a Pastoral Team
For many years, our church has been led and served by a pastoral team. While I am away on a combination of family vacation and study break, Sunday preaching responsibilities will be handled effectively by other pastors on our team as follows:
Sunday, July 19 David Peterson, Discipleship Pastor
Sunday, July 26 Justin Nalls, Middle School Pastor
Sunday, August 2 Mark Hudgins, Membership Pastor
Sunday, August 9 Justin Nalls, Middle School Pastor
I will be speaking again, Lord willing, on Sunday, August 16. Until my return, if you are in town I am counting on you to be in church. You’ll be blessed as you support and hear our pastoral team.