Prayer: Dear Lord, hear our joyful noise as praise to you. We serve you gladly as we bring joyful sounds to others, too. Amen
Reading: Psalm 100 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
It was Memorial Day weekend, also Ascension Sunday, and we had not sat together in church in ten weeks. I brought up our virtual service on the computer. Our pastor and organist chose to livestream the service from the main sanctuary instead of the small chapel as they had been. For the Postlude, our organist Evelyn played “America the Beautiful.” For the concluding verse she ”pulled out” all the stops. It was LOUD! It was awesome. I was glad. And I realized how long it has been since we sang together as a church choir or community chorus.
Psalm 100 tells us so clearly: “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” We need to do this! Put on an old CD or turn on a favorite radio station and play it as loud as you like. Share it with others. Google a favorite song and attach it to an email. Better yet, share your CDs (make your own?) with someone homebound or recovering from an illness or surgery. Serve the Lord with gladness as you bring joyful sounds to others.
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