A Message From Pastor Margaret
Ocean Waves, Seagulls, and Worshiping God...
These last couple of days my husband and I spent
a little quiet time at the beach in Rhode Island.
During our last few hours there, I realized how
deeply affected I was by the power
of the roaring and splashing sounds of the
waves, and the beauty of the seagulls
gliding across the ocean, sometimes at a
fast pace, and other times cruising slowly as
if to say goodbye to us summer visitors. I
found myself experiencing the majesty of
God’s creation, where everything looked so
vast and majestic, the color of the ocean
deeper and the movement of those birds
so peaceful... it felt as if God was there in
the voice of the roaring waves, in the
softness of the ocean breeze, and in the
beauty of the spectacular sunset. Perhaps
it was the appreciation of so much life in
these elements of nature after the many
months of surviving the worst pandemic in our lifetime, that made me feel so deeply connected with nature and feeling God’s presence so strongly. God and nature were one and I was overcome with much appreciation for life and such magnificence all around me.
This experience reminded me of those moments at the beginning of our worship services when we wait for the presence of God to be made manifest. Those early moments, listening to the organ music, and bowing my head, bring forth the presence of God in extraordinary ways when all I can do is to whisper, “Come Holy Spirit, come! Oh God, you are here with us!”
Worship has always been a sacred experience for me, where everything we do in and for the church come together in humility and deep connection with the One who gives us life and everything we have.
The opening hymn, where we sing praises to the Most High opens the gates of glory where our God is waiting to be praised and acknowledged, and God’s heart is being touched and we are
blessed with the grace of divine love like powerful streams of water.
Worship is about being in community with one another, and being in the presence of God Almighty, who wants to bless us through word, prayer and song and fill our hearts with something so majestic as the ocean that pushes out those powerful roaring waves onto the sun-burnt sand.
During worship we express our adoration for God and in turn we are blessed with God’s love and the fullness of the Holy Spirit that propel us into a world that needs the feeling and experience of worship in the same way it enjoys the majesty of the ocean and the life that our beautiful beaches offer.
As we all come together again during the beginning of this new year, may we call upon the Name of God in worship and in all we say and do. May we enjoy the experience of worship even as we struggle through this pandemic and all its limitations. We will find God there, and we
will be blessed with the powerful love and peace of God.
Blessings to you,