Praise the Lord!
I'm not sure God intended us to have favorite passages in the Bible, but, I suppose it's only human to be drawn to certain parts of God's Word that speak to us in a special way. One of my "favorites" (if that's okay!?), is Psalm 150:
Praise the Lord.
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.
Praise the Lord.
I'm drawn to Psalm 150 because of its simplicity - and its clear invitation to use any and all instruments to praise our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.
Last Sunday, July 2nd, our Chancel Choir led our 9am Classic Gathering for the last time until the fall. This Sunday, July 9th, we begin our Summer Solo Series - where Covenant Partners of Good Shepherd will offer their musical gifts during the offertory in both 9am Classic and 10:45am Modern Gatherings.
While the other elements of each service (what we call our two, distinct worship "languages") will remain as usual, the offertory will be exactly the same at 9 and 10:45am.
It'll be just like the instruments of Psalm 150: trumpet, harp, lyre, strings, pipe and clashing cymbals - RESOUNDING CYMBALS! Well, maybe not too many cymbals - but, we'll see!
May our Summer Solo Series lead us, as one church family, in offering ourselves in praising the Lord!
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