Pastor’s Pen – July 2018

Written by Pastor's Pen - June 27, 2018 0 Comments

The Pastor’s Pen

As I write this article during the second week of June, I can still hear echoing in my mind of the beautiful music from our Festival of Music worship service on Sunday, June 3. I extend my thanks to all who participated in the service – singers, musicians, and worshipers. To have all our musical groups praising God in the same service made for a truly festive worship celebration! I’m especially grateful to Paul Cramer, Anita Pahlman, and Jim Garbrecht for the fine job they do in directing our singers and musicians and contributing so richly to the worship life of our congregation.

As I said in my sermon that day, worship is both a gift that God gives to us and a gift that we give to God. As we hear the good news that we are forgiven, as we listen to God’s Word, and as we share in the Lord’s Supper, we are enriched and receive rest for our souls. And then, in response, we offer God thanksgiving and praise. Our worship is a way of glorifying our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier.

In a deeper sense, however, it’s not only through our worship services that we glorify God – it’s through our very lives. In fact, we could even say that we worship God with our lives. We worship God on Sunday mornings in the sanctuary. But we also worship God throughout the week – as we work, as we play, as we care for our neighbor, as we go about the tasks and responsibilities that we have been given. In the words of the Apostle Paul, we are to “present our bodies” – our total selves – “as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1).

The opening hymn in our Festival of Music service was “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.” It’s a joyful, uplifting hymn that invites all people to give praise and adoration to God. The final verse beautifully expresses what should be our response to our gracious and loving God:

“Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!

All that has life and breath, come now with praises

before him!

Let the amen sound from his people again.

Gladly forever adore him!”

May our worship services here at St. Andrew truly give glory to God. And may each of us in our daily lives glorify, praise, and adore him.

 

See you in worship!

Pastor Selbo

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