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Something I’d never noticed before is that the superscription introducing Psalm 100 reads “A psalm. For giving thanks.” The updated NIV says, “For giving grateful praise”.
This psalm is one of many parts of the Bible that uses the image of shepherd for God’s care of his people. We are to know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Therefore when God’s people gathered, for example, in the Temple back then, or in a church service today, what are we to do? Verse 4 tells us:
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
Recently, the pastoral staff shared things we found encouraging about St Michael’s services as we gather week by week. Some will apply more to one congregation than others, but overall it seems to create a pattern. We are thankful to God for…
In some encouraging measure these reflect the following parish values among others…
F. Gatherings of breadth and depth in confession, creed, song and prayer
H. Globally-minded Christians, connecting with all classes, ages and cultures
I. Initiative in leadership and use of gifts by members
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thess 5:18). What things are you thankful for – at church, and in life with Christ in general?
Warmly in Christ,
Sandy Grant (Senior Minister)