Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Psalm 100:2 NIV
Outdoor ice-skating rinks are the hubs of many Canadian communities, the basis of national legends (particularly the backyard rink where Wayne Gretzky learned to play hockey) and the source of some of its best-loved stories (“The Hockey Sweater” by Roch Carrier). Now a study by climate scientists suggests that they may be doomed. The analysis, led by H. Damon Matthews of Concordia University in Montreal, of 50 years of rink-related climate data shows a steady and rapidly increasing deterioration of rink-friendly weather in most of southern Canada.
Over the past few days, we have been speaking about what the Bible says about worship. Nowhere in the Bible do we see an order of service, which is on purpose – Christian worship is universal in its scope and fits the culture in which it is found. We are called, no matter what the form of worship, to worship God in Spirit and in Truth and always with a sense of reverence and awe. At the same time, worship focused on Jesus is not to be boring and dull. King David writes this in Psalm 100:2: “Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” Christians are the people of God. We have experienced the forgiveness of sins and the presence of Jesus in our lives. The Holy Spirit has taken up residence in us. No wonder we are called to worship the Lord with gladness and the songs we sing should be filled with joy. Christian worship ought to be marked by great joy. Each week when we gather, we do so to remember that the tomb in which Jesus lay is empty. Worship the Lord with gladness, and great joy!
These have been words from the heart.