Pastor’s Message | July 2018
Psalm 100 [All Lands Summoned to Praise God; A Psalm of thanksgiving.]
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Know that the LORD is God. It is He that made us, and we are His; we are His people, and 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.
Now in our 76th year, we at Grace Lutheran Church have been worshiping the Lord and singing praise to our God for several generations. We were not always like we are now. In the beginning, we did not have a church building to worship in, but that did not stop us from gathering to pray, sing, and worship, and teach and do the work of ministry. It took more than four years from the time of our incorporation as a congregation until we were able to enter into the church building to hold our first worship service, which was held in the undercroft, since our sanctuary had yet to be built. It took another eleven years for the upper level to be completed and dedicated. It would be another thirteen years before the People of Grace had a pipe organ to enhance the beauty of the worship in our sanctuary.
What began as an instrument with four ranks of pipes grew into fifteen ranks. Work and care have been given to upkeep this beautiful asset, and this summer on Sunday, July 8 at our 10:00 worship service we will celebrate the dedication of our newly installed organ console. Our Organist and Choir Master John Ervin will be offering special music that day, and has invited his good friend Mr. Christian Waugh to be our very special guest vocalist to enhance the beauty of our worship.
We are so blessed to have our church home, and to fill it with the sound of praise and worship to our most loving God! The Lord is good and His love endures forever. It is my hope that in these weeks of summer you will be drawn to this place of prayer, not only to enjoy the beautiful music, but most especially because this is a place where we come together to make a joyful noise in the presence of the Lord. It is He Whom we come to celebrate, because He made us and we are His. Bring your household, invite your neighbors, tell your friends – this is how we began, and this is how the generations continue to hear of the enduring love of God.
God’s Peace to you.
Your Sister in Christ,
Pastor Leslie M. Richard