Joyful Noise

The 100th Psalm is a favorite of many, myself included. It’s short and memorable:

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

Worship the LORD with gladness;

come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the LORD is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his;

we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving

and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;

his faithfulness continues through all generations. (NIV)

Music stirs our souls and awakens our senses to the reality that God is present with us. We give God praise by forgiving each other when we stumble; by sharing what we have even when it hurts; and by lifting every voice to sing.

Many of you have shared memories at home meetings and passing conversations of how music is a part of this church’s understanding of itself. “Open the windows and blast the organ until it shakes every building on Main Street” is a common sentiment. Even more, it’s hoped that this music blesses not just us (and our neighbors in earshot) but also God who is listening.

As we reflect on what is meant by someone calling him or herself a Methodist, it’s important to remember that the Methodists are a singing people. I pray you will lift your voices this Sunday as the Choir returns.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Ben