Friday, March 21


The Joy of Worship

Psalm 95

We close off this week with a spirit of joy as we read Psalm 95.  Don’t you just love it?!  “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.”

Not all Psalms are songs of joy.  Some are deeply distressed words of pain and conflict.  Others are lamentations of difficulty.  So the Psalms of joy really resonate when we read them out loud.  Do you read the Psalms out loud?  You should try it.  Maybe even right now!  Take a moment to read Psalm 95 out loud so you can hear the sound of your voice as it comes and meets the Word of God in the air.  You might focus on verses 6 and 7 as you use this moment as an act of worship.

Come, let us bow down in worship,

let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;

for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture

the flock under his care.

(in my Bible, I have two red exclamation marks!!)


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I hope you enjoy worship at Parker UMC as much as I do.  I love our various worship styles and the variety of people we are able to touch through our Sunday worship experience.  I am always reminded of the richness of the Body of Christ as we come together to share our praise and worship in unique and sometimes very different ways.  I often invite people to come early and stay late so they can see the beauty of the Body gathered over our three services.  Each service represents a gracious blessing from the Lord himself.  I am so thankful for the transforming gift of grace that we experience in worship.  I do hope you will be with us this Sunday with a heart that is open to the blessing of the Lord.



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