Greetings Dear Elmwood Family and Friends!
One of my favorite Christian hymns is “Holy, Holy, Holy”. We often sang it as the opening hymn in my home church when I was growing up. It was Hymn #131 in our red hymnal. The hymn is based on the passage of Holy Scripture in Revelation 4 that records how the Apostle John was privileged to see the worship of the angelic hosts before the throne of God. The Prophet Isaiah saw the same scene, (see Isaiah 6) when he was allowed to view the worship of Heaven. When we gather to worship on Sunday mornings or any other time we are actually joining the hosts of Heaven in the worship that continually goes on before God’s throne. Have you ever stopped to think of what an amazing honor it is to gather together and worship our holy Triune God? Because of the incalculable price that the Lord Jesus paid we are allowed to come before the very throne of God and praise His holy name. God is pure holiness. There is no sin or evil in Him. In His deep love for us He wants us to be able to be with Him for eternity. Only the precious blood of Jesus makes us clean enough for Heaven. Not only is God holy, but we are to be holy as well. In His great goodness, the Lord, invites us to begin to experience a foretaste of eternity right here, right now. Sometimes here on earth during our worship times we become complacent and forget that by the grace and goodness of Jesus we are being welcomed into the very presence of our Heavenly Father. The incredible glory, wonder, and beauty of heaven never fades and never gets boring. When we draw near to God with expectation and anticipation then we experience as Jesus taught us, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” Heaven invades earth. Heaven touches our lives.
this in mind I encourage you to come to our time of worship having prepared
your heart to worship. Come with a genuine sense of expectancy and
excitement and then watch what God does. See yourself before the throne
of God worshipping the Lord with the angels. Expect Heaven to break into
our service and into your life. We want
the blood of Jesus to cleanse us from all sin. We want our lips touched
by the burning coals from God’s altar. May our heart cry be, “Make us
holy as You are holy.” Jesus declared, ”For where two or three are
gathered in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Mathew
18:20). His word is truth and it is life. So when we gather, Jesus
is going to be here. We are expecting a heavenly break-out.
Together with you before the throne,Pastor Fred
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