We Have Come to Worship

Jul
2013
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They performed the service of their God and the service of purification,

as did also the singers and gatekeepers,

according to the commands of David and his son Solomon. 

For long ago, in the days of David and Asaph,

there had been directors for the singers and for the

songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.

Nehemiah 12:45-46

It was a blessing to attend Father’s Day service and see a choir of 21 men softly singing “We have come to worship”.  Before service started, I was overwhelmed with emotion, because I was reminded of the church I was raised in as a child.

The church I attended on Father’s Day was a powerful & beautiful “homecoming” for me.  Every man in the choir wore a white shirt and tie.  The women & children in the audience were dressed up, which I see as an expression of reverence for God and self-respect.  The clothes and, more importantly, what they represent, are God’s gifts to us.

I started to cry when the choir sang God Is, a song I haven’t heard since my childhood.  Here are some of the lyrics:

 God is my joy in time of sorrow.
God, God is my all in all.
God is my today and tomorrow.
God, my God is, my all in all.

God is the joy and
the strength of my life,
He moves all pain, misery, and strife.

He promised to keep me,
never to leave me.
He’s never ever come short of His word.

I’ve got to fast and pray,
stay in His narrow way,
I’ve got to keep my life clean everyday;
I want to go with Him when He comes back,
I’ve come this far and I’ll never turn back.

The Pastor took his sermon from 2 Samuel 6:14-23, where David danced before the Lord while escorting the ark back to Jerusalem.

Pastor told the men that church was the place for them to drop their stoicism, be transparent, and truly celebrate before the Lord, as David did.  So, on Father’s Day, the men danced.  We all did.

 

 

 

BOW is my first experience in blogging, and my writing has undergone an evolution since I started. I use If I Knew Then What I Know Now to think aloud about my Christian walk. When you read it, my hope is that WE (the BOW community & friends) then discuss how to apply God's word into our everyday lives in a practical manner. As Christian lay-theologians, we'll talk about our world, and how we can be in it but not of it. So whatever your thoughts are about what you read, PLEASE share.
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