Gathering to Worship

Trudy Maassen Vander Haar

READ : Psalm 98:1-9

The Psalmist said, “I was glad when they said to me, `Let us go to the house of the Lord!’” (Ps. 122:1). Some days we feel more like that than others. A few Sundays ago, I came home very glad that I had gone into the house of the Lord. These are some of the things that I experienced that day.

PRAISE: The choir anthem was based on Psalm 98 which challenged us to “Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! . . . Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!”

PRESENCE: The pastor’s sermon dealt with our worries about tomorrow. We were told to live in the present, but he reminded us that we should not so much be living in the present as living in God’s presence. We can be assured of God’s presence if we desire it. This thought was reinforced in the hymn we sang. “Thou art before me, Lord, behind me, and above me (thou) has spread out thy hand.”

PLEDGE: We had a baptism where we were reminded of God’s promises from generation to generation.

PILGRIMAGE: Leaving the sanctuary for the “real world,” the choir reminded us to be His servants.

What are you going to do tomorrow? Join with God’s people who are glad to go to the house of the Lord and listen to what the Lord says to you.

PRAYER

Holy God, prepare our hearts to worship You with all God’s people tomorrow and make us glad. In Jesus’ name. Amen.