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Pastor's Corner - June 2017

posted Jun 2, 2017, 3:27 PM by Linda Dickinson

Greetings Dear Friends,

Henry van Dyke declares in his famous hymn, “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”:

All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
Earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
Flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain,
Call us to rejoice in Thee.

The Apostle Paul likewise calls us in Philippians 4:4 to:  “Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again:  Rejoice!”

The praise of God is not to be a secondary aspect of our lives, but central.  We have been created by God to be a people of praise.  We are privileged to join with all of creation joyfully proclaiming the greatest of our Heavenly Father’s love, the incredible goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the never-ending provision of strength by the Holy Spirit.  As a part of the on-going hymn of praise that continuously rises before the throne of God, we truly join with the angels themselves when we worship.

This month as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost take heed to God’s Word in Ephesians 5:18-20:  “Be filled with the Spirit.  Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.  Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

As Scripture calls us, let us day by day seek to bring a “sacrifice of praise” to our Lord and Savior.  We cannot buy or earn His love, but we can freely express our joy, gratitude, and adoration consistently and faithfully throughout all that life brings.  It easy to praise Him when things are going well and when we feel we are at the top of the world, but it takes discipline to worship the Lord in the toughest of times and when we do not feel like rejoicing and being glad.  That is exactly when we need to look up and beyond our current situation and praise Him. 

As Francis of Assisi, the hymn writer of “All Creatures of Our God and King” writes: 

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him!
  Alleluia! 
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!
 
O praise Him!  O praise Him! 
Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Together may our praise continually be poured out to the glory and honor of our God and King.  Amen!

Praising God for each of you,

Pastor Fred
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