THIS WEEK IN WORSHIP
August 29, 2014
"This is a song that never ends..."
People of faith have often been encouraged to read the Bible and the newspaper side by side. This summer the headlines dominating our news have been far from what one might call “good news.” In a world torn apart by violence and heartache and suffering, how do we understand the “good news” that we associate with Jesus? What do we mean by the phrase “good news” and how do we experience this “good news?” This week in worship we will explore the possibility of encountering this “good news” when we gather together to sing praise to God. The Psalmist states his intent to “sing praise to God all my life long” as a contrast to erroneously putting trust in princes (Psalm 146).
In these days of conflict and tension, where princes and presidents deal in violence and bloodshed, I am reminded of the statement made by Leonard Bernstein in the aftermath of the assassination of JFK: “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” And I wonder: how would we be changed if we understood our singing praise to God as resistance to the forces of violence and evil in our world? How might “singing praise to God our whole lives long” be a part of the “renewing of our minds” that is central to living lives grounded in “good news?” --Gwen Gustafson-Zook
Living into the Good News: Join the Hymn Sing on Sunday
Today we welcome Goshen College students back among us. To celebrate their return—and to live into the good news that we long for—all are invited to join in a hymn sing at 10:45 a.m. with a fellowship meal at noon. All are welcome! Come sing!