Lenten Journey - Sunday
Sundays are not a part of Lent
You might of wondered, if you read my other Lenten Journey hubs as to why did I not call this day 4. Well, that is because Sundays are not a part of Lent. My Pastor referred to them as Little Easter. Sundays are used to celebrate the resurrection and are therefore not a part of the penitence and fasting of Lent.
Worship is an oasis in the desert
I love that title. Worship is an oasis in the desert. Worshiping and sing to God's glory is the highlight of my Sundays. I time to hear the stories, to read the Bible, to sing the hymns and listen to a sermon.
Today the Pastor was reviewing about us reflecting on our spiritual journeys and what our spiritual gifts are. We are Ambassadors of Christ and our job, our duty is to share the good news. I like to think that is what I am doing with this series. I want to share with you my Lenten Journey and maybe cause you to think about yours.
One of the Sunday School teachers said it best this morning to the children. It is not what you give up for Lent that makes a difference, but what you add. Today we gave the children a calendar that said whenever you do something good for someone on that day you should but a heart on it. I told one of the children today that he already deserved to put his heart on there because when he came in this morning he gave me a hug.
I can't tell you how much a hug like that means. No one said to him, give Miss Bev a hug. It is just his nature, no, it is his spiritual gift to hug.
Now is the time to examine yourself for your spiritual gifts. There are so many. I like to share the good news in my writings. What do you think your gift is and are you using it?
A call to true Worship
Psalms 8:1 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
Psalms 29:2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.
Psalms 95:6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
Psalms 99:5 Exalt the LORD our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!
John 4:21-24 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Singing to God's Glory
I love to sing and I am on the choir at my church - I doubt seriously that it is one of my spiritual gifts though. Maybe I am not always on the right note but I sing it out anyway. Today we ended with "Down at the Cross". Now if my computer at home was a little more functional I would attach a you tube video of a choir singing. I believe my computer is feeling a little challenged today. It is old but it keeps of doing what it is doing so what am I to say. Anyway, back to the hymn. Even though Lent is reflective time the hymns on the road to Easter can be uplifting.
"Glory to Christ name, Glory to Christ name." How can you be down singing that.
Church has always been my Oasis
I haven't had the best life, and I probably don't have the worse either. But it has been hard at times. Ever since I can remember I went to Sunday School and Church. It was the quiet place. The place where I didn't get yelled at. The place where I found out that I had a Father in heaven even though I did not have one at home. It is where I found the unconditional love of Jesus. It was a safe place is a world of arguing and fighting. It is always where I wanted to be and still is. I thank God for this Oasis, I thank God for loving me even when I wasn't deserving of it. I thank him for always being there even if I wasn't always in good places.
Yes, Worship is definitely and oasis in the desert of my life, and for this I say, Amen.