A Study of the Church: The People of God in Context – Day 7

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good;
the Lord’s steadfast love endures forever!
This is the day the Lord has made,
let us rejoice and be glad in it!”
(Psalm 118:1, 24)

On this Sunday, may we, the church – the people of God – the followers of Christ Jesus – come to worship and praise God’s Holy Name.

“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
(Psalm 84:1-2)

In times of joy and in times of pain
our faithful and steadfast God is beside us –
even goes before us and guards behinds us –
is our foundation and the light upon our pathways.

God, through the prophet Isaiah says,
“Listen to me in silence, O coastlands,
let the peoples renew their strength;
let them approach, then let them speak.

Each one helps the other saying to one another,
‘Take courage!’
The artisan encourages the goldsmith,
and the one who smooths with the hammer encourages
the one who strikes the anvil,
saying of the soldering, ‘It is good’’
and they fasten it with nails so that it cannot be moved.

You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off;
do not fear, for I am with you,
do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strength you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”
(Psalm 41:1,6-7, 9b-10).

Even the “sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
Happy are those who live in your house,
ever singing your praise.”
(Psalm 84:3-4)

Let us come before the Lord, our God
with music and song,
with the hearing of God’s Word read and proclaimed,
with prayers of confession and intercession,
with Holy Communion – together – as the people of God.
Let us come before the Lord, our God
to worship and praise God’s Holy Name this very morning!

I invite you to join us in worship at Germantown Presbyterian Church at …


or at the church of your own choosing …
Come, let us worship God!

Rev. Susan Carter Wiggins