“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. …Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” – Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7
The Psalmist, in Psalm 95, encourages us to worship our great and awesome God. I hope you have been carving out time this summer to spend in corporate worship and in private worship through Bible reading and prayer. I also hope you have been taking time to listen for God’s call in your life and have been starting your day with Samuel’s prayer: “Speak Lord for your servant is listening.”
On Sunday, July 22, we will have a special opportunity to worship God in the great outdoors as we Worship in the Park, at the Heinzen Peaceful Valley Pavilion. The reason we will be worshipping at Heinzen Pavilion on July 22 is to hopefully attract some people who may not be comfortable coming to a church building for the first time, but might come to a place they are familiar with, like Peaceful Valley Park. Taraforming, the contemporary praise band from Clintonville UMC will be coming to lead us in worship that morning. I want to challenge you to begin praying now, about who you could invite to come to worship with us on that day (a neighbor, relative or coworker). Our message for that day will be “God calls us to be Encouragers!”
And be sure to invite them to the picnic following worship. (Guests are not expected to bring food, although they might want to bring a lawn chair like they would for “Music in the Park.”) Here is a great opportunity to step out in faith as we try a new way to reach people with the Good News of God’s love. Be sure to read the details for this event elsewhere in the newsletter.
Let’s come and sing before the Lord with joy and thanksgiving with our brothers and sisters in Christ, along with our friends, neighbors and coworkers as we worship our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who is also the Good Shepherd, who loves us so much, He died and rose again defeating sin and death on our behalf. What a great reason to worship and bow down and rejoice before our great and awesome God! See you in worship Sunday mornings at 10:00!!
Grace and Peace,