Prayer: We praise you in many ways. With songs, joyful noise or whatever we do best. Praise the LORD! Amen.
Reading: Psalm 98 (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?
Reflection: How many of the Psalms begin with "Sing to the LORD!" or "Make a joyful noise!"?
Once a month in our church the children become ushers and everyone drops their loose change in a coffee can. This is our joyful noise offering. We once had a pastor who confessed he cannot sing, but he can whistle. So he encouraged our members who could not sing to just whistle instead.
While there are no Psalms that begin with "Whistle to the LORD!" and while there are those that might consider whistling a noise even if joyful, as long as praise is the purpose then, well, if you can't sing...Whistle! Praise the LORD!
-- Alice Yeakel
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