The Inside Column 25/08

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshiping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Our ‘ Encounter theme this week is Worship. When the question was asked in a meeting the other day, ” How do you worship?” I found myself replying, ” Every day in every way. ” I have been pondering the truth of that statement ever since and while it is true of me some of the time it is not surprising that there is much room for improvement!

William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury (1924-44) wrote: ‘  Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness ; the nourishment of mind with His truth ; the opening of the heart to His love ; the surrender of will to His purpose and all of this gathered up in adoration. ‘  So often we  think of worship as only what we experience in church on Sunday but when we understand it as an offering of our body, mind, soul and spirit to God we come to see that  indeed it should happen ‘ every day in every way.’

Having said that, singing, whether exuberantly when we meet together in church or perhaps at home group or quietly on our own when the words bubble up seems to be a natural and powerful way to step outside of ourselves and express our worship and pure praise – something the writers of the Psalms certainly extolled. The following verses are but a small sampling.

Psalm 66:4
All the earth bows down to you,
they sing praise to you,
they sing praise to your name.

Psalm 63:3-4
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live
and in your name I will lift up my hands.

Psalm 71:8
My mouth is filled with your praise,
declaring your splendour all day long.

…and this my favourite and I pray may it be so.

Psalm 104:33
I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

A  special thankyou to all the people who make opportunities for  Rest home residents to worship, sing, pray and partake of Holy Communion. This is a valued ministry which brings many blessings to all involved. We would be very happy to have more helpers. If you are interested please feel free to speak with Philip or myself.

Yours in Christ

Angela

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