The Starting Point of Worship

posted Sep 7, 2019, 5:56 AM by Tricia Sheffield

The grace of our friend and Savior be with you all!

Worshiping God has many elements — prayer, liturgy, confession, the Word preached, offering, and most certainly music. But before all this, worship starts with us making ourselves available to be with God in our faith community. Last Sunday we had such a soul-stirring worship, especially in regards to music. Our trio blessed the congregation with various songs and a Taize chant, and Juliet Gallagher had some of us in tears with her rendition of “Amazing Grace.” As I watched many of you cry, close your eyes in prayer, or sing along with Juliet, I remembered a quote from Carl Orff I had previously sent to Judy, Music begins inside human beings, and so must any instruction. Not at the instrument, not with the first finger, nor with the finger position, not with this or that chord. The starting point is one’s own stillness, listening to oneself, the ‘being ready for music’ listening to one’s own heart-beat and breathing. 

Your faces and your varied reactions are what moved me to tears last week; I witnessed your being ready for God as Juliet sang. And because we were ready, still, and breathing in God’s amazing grace; indeed, the Holy Spirit hovered over and around us, singing and worshiping along.

The music this Sunday at MRC will be just as special. Dan Hillyer will be singing the Prelude, “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” and Deborah Shields will be chanting a portion of Psalm 139 and singing “Spirit of the Living God.” I will be preaching from Luke 14.25-33 and my sermon title is When We Follow Jesus . . .

I will see you in God’s house on Sunday. Come, let us worship God!

In gratitude for the joy of being your Pastor and the holy call of loving you,

Pastor Trish