I am excited for Celebration Sunday. We have so much to share in thankful praise for God’s care. Oh, how we are blessed! Here’s what Psalm 147 says:

Praise the LORD!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted,
and binds up their wounds.
4 He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.

Some of us have an easier time than others noticing God, and what God is up to in our world. This Psalm was written by someone who could see God’s handiwork everywhere, from the majestic beauty in creation, to the intimate care of God for all creatures. We come to worship to be inspired, a word that means to breathe into. We worship so that God can breathe into us the gifts of love, thankfulness, strength and faith. When you think about it, the opposite is to expireto breathe out of — which none of us wants quite yet. But worship is not just about what we do in church. It relates to all of the ways we live out our faith. Worship connects us to the source of life in God and also to the world that needs to know about God’s marvelous work, God’s nurturing care, God’s expectations and desires for how we should live. The breadth and depth of God’s love for you and me is an astounding gift, alongside the marvelous work of God, who crafted a magnificent creation, seen in the beauty of nature and the wonders of the universe.

This Sunday, we’ll celebrate and praise God, for giving us a home that inspires our faith, binds up our wounds, helps us to care for each other and God’s world. Come celebrate with us. We have much to be thankful for in God’s gracious love for us.

Dave Summers, PhD
Senior Pastor
pastordave@pvumc.org
602.840.8360, Ext 131

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