Pastor Rick: September 26

Thanks to everyone who helped make last week’s Talent Show an evening to remember. From Ron Fredlund, Mary Martin and Joanne Jones to the Ramirez family of fine performers, we covered the gamut of congregational talent. Alan Plessinger made his singing debut, films were premiered and the pastors even took the plunge. I was quite surprised to hear that it was Pastor Tripp’s first talent show ever! Hopefully, we now have him thoroughly hooked into planning an even bigger extravaganza next year.

We continue our conversation on the Spirituality of Worship on Sunday mornings. I encourage all of you to be part of this rich mix of sharing our experiences and learning about worship. In the promotional comments for our study book, Reinventing Sunday, Ken Medema, several of whose songs we have sung, including our prayer response, “Lord Listen to Your Children Praying,” writes: “Brad Berglund has captured what I believe is the rock-bottom essence of worship; namely, that it is offering ourselves to God.” Those words really stood out for me – the rock-bottom essence of worship is offering ourselves to God. How does that strike you? It certainly says that worship on Sunday morning is more than just the service order we follow. It is fundamentally about our relationship to God. What do we bring to that relationship? What do we expect from it? How we prepare for and how we experience this weekly encounter has been a key topic in our conversations so far. We would love to have your input on these matters, too, as we search to know what it means for our community to gather in worship.

This week concludes our journey with James. In the final chapter of this letter, the writer reminds us to sing songs of praise when we are cheerful, to pray when we are suffering and to pray for one another when healing is needed. Consistently throughout the letter the writer is concerned that we make practical application of our spiritual understanding. What more significant thing can we do than to pray for one another? To remember sisters and brothers both here and around the globe as we bring our joys and concerns to that healing, empowering, enlivening relationship that God offers each of us?

So, let’s join together in prayer and song, in sharing our joys, our concerns and our experience of worship. See you at 10:00 AM in the sanctuary. Bring a family member, friend, colleague or neighbor (or three!) to join us. Strangers are welcome, too!

May God bless us and keep us on the way,

Pastor Rick

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