God gave worship so that we might become partners in his highest purposes.
“It is easy to want things from the Lord & yet not want the Lord Himself, as though the gift could ever be preferable to the Giver.”
St. Augustine of Hippo
Why do we have a Call to Worship on Sunday mornings? This article from “The Gospel Coalition” explains:
Every Sunday morning as a child church bells would echo through our town. From our steeple tower, a proclamation would sound to all who could hear that God was summoning his people to worship.
The walk from the back door of the parsonage to the church sanctuary took less than a minute at a ten-year-old stride. As the pastor, my dad would wake up early, marching that same path in the dark. He would prepare his heart for worship with prayer and meditation over his text. I would mostly rely on the bells.
Tonight, I am sitting on the loveseat – waiting for a text from Anna. My feet are up and I have ice on my foot. It seems Friday and Saturday made a mess of my foot. I don’t think the race caused it but, it sure made it worse. Looks like spring has really made it to the Valley and I will be needing to cut the grass, hopefully tomorrow if my foot feels better.
We had a wonderful weekend – running the Park to Park 1/2 Marathon and attending our Men’s Challenge Weekend in beautiful Highland County. It was great to get away from technology for a few hours – there is no wi-fi or wireless there. We had a great host in YDI, Inc. This morning we even had a little bluegrass inspired worship service. That was fun.
This afternoon, we had a good little choir practice and then we had a good time with our youth. I’m a little tired right now and am looking forward to getting off the computer, so that’ about all I have tonight.
Victory In Jesus
Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
Jesus Saves (Hear the heart of mercy beating)
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
Worship Through Giving
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body
may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.