It was announced this past Sunday that Becky and Danny Shearer are no longer serving with us. Beginning this Sunday, the source for our worship music will be recorded music in some form whether from cd’s or music videos. Various members of our church will take turns leading the singing. This is arrangement is temporary until we select our new worship leader. Let me encourage you during this time to remember the words from the Psalms even more so. Psalm 98 begins with these words. O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him the victory.” The opening stanza of Psalm 100 states, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his house with singing.” The psalmist claims that our praise from God is not dependent on musical instruments or even the style of worship music being used; but as a response to what God has done. Worship is a response to the actions of God. I have been in ministry for over thirty years and I have seen people sit in their pews with their arms folded and not sing whether the worship music was Bach or Michael W. Smith. How sad. If we recognize God’s movement in the world and especially if the One who has created everything has moved in our lives, then God is worthy of our praise. If we know first hand how God has moved in marvelous ways, ways that reason and science cannot explain, then the psalmist claims we have only one response – to praise God. If we know, we have the love of God and others blessings “better than what we deserve,” come on, you’ve got to sing and even do what I do, sing badly but sing in any way. This Sunday our worship will include giving God thanks for the blessings of living in our country. We’ll also pray because with so much upheaval in our nation, we need to desperately seek his guidance. Come ready to “sing a new song” and to make a joy-filled noise to the Lord.
It’s All about Him