Monday, November 28, 2016

A Gift

Martin Luther said that music is "one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us." I agree.  There have been many times and moments when music has become that place that God uses to connect me to life and restore my soul.  David knew this as he penned the Psalms.  John and Charles Wesley knew this as they gave us some of the most beautiful and powerful songs of the Church.  God knew this when He inspired the words:

"Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord." (Psalm150:1-6)

This season, of all seasons, is a season of praise and song.  We have a reason to sing because God has done something so amazing that words and songs fall short of expressing the beautiful and sacrificial gift God gives us in the Christ Child.

How do we respond?  We come to God's house.  We praise God.  We sing.  We allow God to give us this gift He has woven into our very nature.  Sunday, we will have a Children's musical, "Miracle on Main Street" at the 9am service.  At the 11am service the Chancel Choir will present "One Small Child."  Please make plans to come to both services and enjoy the hard work both groups have invested in singing God's praises.  You will be blessed and you will be part of praising God in His Sanctuary!  Randy

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