The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:5-6)
When I was a surly teenager church was so tedious. What’s
with these old hymns, the same routine every week, the uncomfortable pews?
You were indeed patient and gracious - because forty years
later - it’s a joy to be in church!
Those ancient hymns and our timeless liturgy connect the
faithful across generations. The pews are still uncomfortable, but the ninety-eight
year old benches creak with tradition and history. That’s comforting. Today, I
find order and harmony (neither of which seemed crucial when I was sixteen!)
Praise God! Worship is inspiring and uplifting. I am a
witness to your presence at Church of the Good Shepherd.
…with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him
the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the
Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which
God lives by his Spirit.(Ephesians 2:20-22)