“God, Our Praise” Sermon for July 30, 2017





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Published on Aug 1, 2017

Rev. Charles Svendsen
Scripture: Psalm 100; Matthew 13:31-32

Pastor Charles' Warmup: This Sunday, July 30, we at WPC are continuing our Summer Psalms II sermon series with Psalm 100, "God, Our Praise." The psalmist sings, "Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness and come before God's presence with singing." In our opening hymn of praise we will sing what has affectionately come to be called Old Hundredth, "All people that on earth do dwell..." My sermon will remind us all of the Apostle Paul's good word, "Do everything to the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31) Worship, and our life itself, is not about us or our church, but about God's greater glory alone. Even J. S. Bach and G. F. Handel would add "S. D. G." at the bottom of their musical scores: Soli Deo Gloria - Glory to God Alone. So Psalm 100 is a stirring example of our lives giving glory and praise to God alone. The Gospel lesson on this 7th Sunday after Pentecost is Matthew 13:31-33. Here Jesus teaches that the Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed. Even though it is the smallest of all seeds, it will someday grow to be the greatest of shrubs - and eventually a bird-inhabited tree! So the reign of God might first appear to be as insignificant as a mustard seed. But take heart. Don't be deceived by modest beginnings. God's final chapter has not yet been written. This Sunday we are bidding a fond farewell to our Director of Music, Ed Lojeski. There will be a loving tribute to Ed's fruitful and faithful ministry at both the 9:30 (traditional) and 11:15 (contemporary) services. In addition, at 10:30 am all are invited to a dessert reception in the Fellowship Center. We are also receiving a love gift for Ed which will be given to him later next month. You may send your checks to the church office with "love gift for Ed Lojeski" on the memo line, or give directly to Ed.
May we all have a blessed Lord's Day.

S.D.G. Glory to God Alone!

Charles Svendsen
Interim Pastor

Psalm 100
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Matthew 13:31-32
He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

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