Joyful worship

posted Jun 1, 2016, 7:24 PM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Jun 1, 2016, 7:25 PM ]

Summer is officially upon us in this June/July Newsletter. It is a time for vacations, getaways, family outings and weekend activities. I recently heard of one parent at the kidsschool say that every weekend was booked for the summer. This made me sad. Where is the room for spontaneity, free play, lazy summer days of rest? Where is the place for worship? Dorothy Bass speaks of worship in her book Receiving the Day, “One Monday morning, a pastor in Chicago got a phone call asking her to check the pews for someone’s mislaid gloves. She found the gloves. She also found the previous day’s bulletin, marked to show the exact number of minutes and seconds occupied by each element of the worship service. Opening hymn, 3:38. Old Testament reading, 2:32. And so on, right down the page.

Joyful worship that restores us to communion with the risen Christ and our fellow members of the church is an essential part of Christian Sabbath... Trying to keep Sabbath for one full day each week goes against the grain of how most of us live, and it is possible that further social change will soon make this Christian practice more difficult than it already is... Time is a gift of God.”

Time is a great commodity in our lives today. We are given this gift, I pray we can use it wisely and usefully in our precious and limited summer days. I look forward to seeing you in worship.

Blessings, Pastor Sara