I always get excited when Ignite rolls around! I think it’s two-fold. The process of crafting the song list gets me energized. Then I sit back and envision our church body coming together for the sole purpose of lifting God high through song and I can’t help but think how right this is.
Have you ever heard the traditional Methodist liturgy for the Celebration of Communion? There’s a section called the Great Thanksgiving and it reads like this:
The Lord be with you. (Leader)
And also with you. (People)
Lift up your hearts. (Leader)
We lift them up to the Lord. (People)
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. (Leader)
It is right to give our thanks and praise. (People)
It is right to give our thanks and praise! Let those words hover over your heart for just a moment. It is right to give our thanks and praise. For all He has done in saving us from our sin. For all He has done in freeing us from the bondage life dishes us. For all He has done to display His love for us. For these reasons and many others, He is good and worthy of our worship.
If you’ve never attended Ignite, I encourage you to join us this time. If you’re just now exploring what it means to open yourself in worship to the Lord, come let Him show you how powerful and peaceful it can be when we humbly position ourselves before Him. Don’t let anything keep you from this time with God. We even have free childcare! So, let’s lift up the name of the Lord, church. Because it surely is right to give our thanks and praise.
~ Melissa ~
Join us Sunday, September 11th @ 6PM in the Saint James UMC Worship Center and experience His presence! Childcare needs: firstname.lastname@example.org