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Pastor's Corner - February 2016

posted Jan 29, 2016, 12:49 PM by Linda Dickinson

Dear Elmwood Family and Friends,

When Jesus spoke with the Samaritan woman next to Jacob’s well He said to her, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirt and truth.”  (John 4:23-24).

What Jesus said to this dear woman still applies to us at Elmwood today.  As worshipers of the One True God we are to worship in spirit and truth.  This means that we are to worship under the leading of the Holy Spirit and hearing the precious Word of God with open and receptive hearts.  Our Spirit led worship should always bring glory, honor, and praise to the Lord Jesus Christ.

In our Sunday morning adult education class we just finished a study by John Ortberg based on his book, “If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat.”  In this great study Pastor Ortberg has this to say about worship:

Worship is a word for the process by which we come to perceive and declare the vastness, worthiness, and strength of God…Worship is not about filing God’s unmet ego needs…We worship God not so much because He needs it, but because we do.

So why is it important to worship God?

  • Without worship, we forget that we have a big God beside us and live in fear.

  • Without worship, we forget God’s calling and begin to live in a spirit of self-reliance and stubborn independence.

  • Without worship, we lose our sense of wonder and gratitude to God.  We plod through life with blinders on, unaware of God’s work in our lives.

  • Our understanding of God grows as we reflect on what God has done and respond in worship.

As we gather week by week to worship may we come with open hungry hearts seeking to worship our gracious and wonderful God in spirit and in truth and may our daily lives be lived in a constant act of worship.  Lord Jesus, make us the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  Amen.

Your Fellow Worshiper,

Pastor Fred