Greetings to you in the name of Jesus our Savior, King, and Friend!
You know, worship is so very crucial to our faith journey in this world. In corporate worship (what we do on Sunday mornings) we are forgiven, fed, nourished, strengthened, loved, and filled with God’s grace—all this we need daily as we live in this world. But this worship also carries over into our daily act of worship as well! As St. Paul says in Romans 12:1, “I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual act of worship.”
This act of worship lives out in our lives every day as a sacrifice of thanks, love, and praise to God for all that He has done for us in His Son, our Savior, Jesus. It is loving other people. It is thinking the best of others, including our enemies. Living in sacrifice every day means putting others before ourselves, sharing Jesus in our lives with everyone, and truly seeking out those who are disconnected from Jesus, who are broken, or those who are hurting. In this act of worship, we seek to build relationships with our neighbors, co-workers, and fellow students so that we might, in our actions, show them Jesus. It also means being vulnerable and allowing God to use our weakness for His strength. St. Paul tells us that God’ strength is made perfect in our weakness. Truly it is living out the great command from Jesus to love God with all that we are and all that we have and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves!
So back to corporate worship! It is so very crucial. Loving people is hard. Well, that is a no-duh statement if there ever was one! But it is true! For us to love others the way God would have us too, we must surrender to His love, allow ourselves to be filled with it, and seek it out wholeheartedly! What better place is there to see it, feel it, and hear it in both Word and Sacrament than in corporate Worship. Not to mention, we also find fellowship with each other that is also crucial to the living out of our faith as well.
So, after saying all that, here is my point of this letter. I LOVE the way we do worship! I think it is absolutely the best I have experienced. Think about it! It combines our rich traditions of the past, historical liturgies tying us to centuries of Christians, our Lutheran, rich musical history as played on the beautiful organ by our wonderful organist and sung by our talented choir, and allows us also to experience modern-day songs and psalms through our wonderful praise team too! How awesome and blessed we are! The other great thing about our worship service is that it exemplifies the beauty of Christian freedom and the wonderful creativity that is rich in our Lutheran heritage as we are able to celebrate all these different genres of worship each Sunday! Furthermore, it allows more people to participate in worshiping God and using their talents and gifts to His glory! This is wonderfully amazing and I believe it gives a true and wonderful glimpse of what Heaven will be like!
I sure hope you too see how blessed we are. I hope that you will take time to thank our organist, the praise team, choir, lectors, ushers, soundboard team, the a/v team, and who participate in leading our corporate worship and helping to make it so great! I pray that you too will get involved whether it be ushering, reading lessons, singing or playing an instrument on the praise team, serving on the altar guild, singing in the choir (you don’t even need to know how to read music- just come and sing joyfully!), learning to run the sound system or the screens, or helping to serve Communion, there is a place for you as you use your gifts and talents to give glory to God in worship and praise!
God bless you all and please know, I love and cherish every one of you! Thanks for allowing me to be your pastor!
In the shadow of the cross,
About the Author
Rev. Travis Pittock has served as the pastor of Christ Lutheran church since November of 2015, and in the Lutheran Church-Missouri synod since 2002.