The Pastor’s Pen July, 2010

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The Pastor’s Pen

As I write this article during the second week of June, I can still hear echoing in my mind the beautiful music from our Festival of Music worship service on Sunday, June 6. I extend my thanks to all who participated in the service – singers, musicians and worshipers. To have all of our musical groups join together in praising God made for a truly festive worship celebration! I’m especially grateful to Jeff Schleff, 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 church.

The theme of our Festival of Music service was “To the Glory of God.” As I said in my sermon that day, worship is not primarily for us, but for God. When we gather together to worship – when we join our voices in songs and hymns of thanksgiving and praise – the audience is not us, but God. It’s out of gratitude for what our Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier has done for us that we seek to glorify God through our worship. In the words of Johann Sebastian Bach, “Soli Deo Gloria” – to God alone be the glory.

In a broader sense, however, it’s not only our worship services, but our very lives, that are to be offered to the glory of God. In fact, we could even say that we worship God with our lives. It’s not only on Sunday mornings in the sanctuary, but throughout the week that we are worshiping God – as we work, as we play, as we care for our neighbors, as we go about the tasks and responsibilities of our daily lives. 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 “All Creatures of Our God and King.” Written by Saint Francis of Assisi, the words of this hymn invite all creation to join in giving praise and worship to God. The final verse expresses beautifully what should be our response to our gracious and loving God:

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The final verse expresses beautifully what should be our response to our gracious and loving God:

“O sisters, brothers, take your part,
and worship God with humble heart; Alleluia! Alleluia!
All creatures, bless the Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit, Three in One:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!”

May our worship services here at St. Andrew truly give glory to God. And may each of us in our daily lives also give glory to God.

See you in worship!
Pastor Selbo

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