Make a joyful noise to the LORD all the lands! Serve the LORD with gladness. Come into His presence with singing. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him. Bless His Holy name. – Psalm 100:1-2, 4
We feel called to worship. One of the best ways I know is through music. Something Earl Amstutz told me stays with me: When you sing you pray ten times. I feel such peace when I am singing with the choir.
Prayer, praise, and thanksgiving are other ways to worship. Reading and meditating on scripture along with prayer is a good daily discipline. If we can take the time to start our day with this kind of worship, it helps the rest of the day go well. While in church, listening to a sermon helps us focus our worship.
Worship was meant to be communal. The Bible tells us to not neglect coming together. During COVID, this hasn’t been possible. Zoom meetings have made connecting at least possible virtually. And when we go to church online, at least we can communicate with others we long to see in person. The Lord sees us in our need and we pour our supplication out to Him and humble ourselves and confess our faults whether together or apart.
We will celebrate as a congregation when we can see each other again. We celebrate various events in our lives: births, weddings and holidays. We even celebrate a life well-lived at funerals as we acknowledge our grief, knowing a loved one is with Christ. And one day when we see loved ones in heaven and are there to greet them with the Lord, what a day of celebration that will be! No more tears or sorrow!
During Lent as days lead up to Easter, we contemplate all these things. Christ took our sins in His body on the cross. He rose again to defeat death. We cast all our earthly burdens on Him because He cares for us. His perfect love helps us to cast out fear and replace it with faith. Sin pulls down; faith soars.
Lord, help us to turn from our wicked ways so that you can heal our land. Help us to love like you love – completely and unconditionally. Let us bring your peace to those we touch. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
About Mary Petrilla
Mary Petrilla is a faithful member of the Chancel Choir.