A WORD FROM OUR PASTOR

  On the first Sunday in May, our youth will lead the worship service.  This has happened before, but it has been a long time.  We are blessed that many of our youth share their gifts as liturgists, ushers and musicians.  This worship service will showcase their planning, praise and talent.  As we were planning this service, one of the resources I turned to was Worship Experiences by Robin Dugall.  At the beginning of the book, Pastor Dugall lists what he believes worship to be.  Worship is foundational.  Worship is a meeting of hearts.  Worship is  a conscious expression of submission to God.  Worship is an entry into another world.  Worship is an expression of love.  Worship is a lifestyle.  Pastor Dugall reminds us that, “We don’t go to worship – God comes to us.  The Bible says that God makes worship happen by inhabiting the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3).  Worship humbles the proud and lifts up the humble.” Worship is experiential and sensory.  Our senses of sight, sound, touch, taste and sometimes even smell are engaged when we worship.  Worship is an opportunity to break from the busyness of our lives and focus on the eternal and divine.  Worship is an expression of who we are and whose we are. I look forward to seeing you support our young people on Sunday May 5th.   Pastor John