"Be still, and know that I am God. ...” Psalm 46:10
Some people make important decisions based on such things as the frequent reoccurrence of numbers, situations, stellar alignments and all kinds of criteria. IF, I was one of those type of people I would be driven to “shut my mouth!” It seems that the above verse from Psalm 46 is showing up all around me, on greeting cards, quotation plagues and a picture that hangs in our home foyer. I love to take a “quoted” single verse like this and go to my Bible, reading the whole chapter in this case. God is certainly making the point clear that He is right here and we need to “listen”, if we want to fully experience His presence in and around us.
As I have encouraged you to do many times before, please look at a hymn of the same name in our Celebration Hymnal - it’s on page 585. The text writer does a beautiful job of reminding us of the everyday application of this wonderful Scripture. Hmmm! Maybe we should sing it sometime during Lent!
I find that the words,”Be still, and know that I am God.”, are right on target for what my posture needs to be, during Lent 2018, to receive the most benefit from it. It’s up to me to invest the effort “to listen”! This last week I heard three sermons that challenged me to “Be still” and listen for how God is leading me. I need to ready myself for what He has in store for me moving forward. It’s hard for me to imagine that there could be so much more, because – for example – the last fourteen months I have learned so much about myself in the Wednesday Bible Study; and it came about, because I learned more about Bible Characters that actually walked the earth with Christ. I now have such a curiosity and passion to learn more. Each day, I can hardly wait to open another Gift – a new day! God is on my Journey, but I need to “Be Still…”
Speaking of being a little quieter…. The PRELUDE, that is presented about 9:50 each Sunday morning, is part of the Worship presentation and experience. You and those around you can be better prepared for the structured portions of Worship, if you use these few minutes before 10:00 to quiet your soul.
Typically, our Prelude begins with a selection of moderate volume, speed, and is sometimes a bit classical. The second number is likely to be a rendition of a hymn or seasonal sacred/classical selection – often heavier and louder in texture. Depending on the theme of the day, the final number is likely to be less intense in all ways and is meant to “quiet” you down emotionally and spiritually and helps you “Be Still, and know that He is God”! Again, I invite you to consciously use the Prelude time to prepare for Worship. As your Minister of Music, I thank you in advance for more seriously considering this time, during our Lenten season particularly.
Just so you know – both of our Choirs have been working hard this winter, even though weather and illness haven’t been real cooperative. You’ve heard the voice choir presenting in some of our services and it’s my intention that the Bell Choir is “presentable” again, as we get nearer to Palm Sunday and looking forward to our 60th Anniversary Celebration.
We have three months left before our summer break, but I do want to thank the Congregation and musicians for being so flexible, since Labor Day. We have adapted well to many challenges and changes. We have been Blessed in special ways!
In closing, watch and “listen” for the Blessings of Springtime 2018.