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John 6:37 reads - “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” (ESV)

Lent is a time to come to the Lord and repent. On Sundays during this season we are studying Micah in worship, to remind us that it is in kindness and love and humbly turning to God that we come to Him, not in rituals or speeches or pretend ways. And all of us need to turn to God in Jesus. We need to come no matter how much we think we deserve Jesus or don’t deserve Him, because Jesus welcomes us just as we are. That reminds me of the Hymn, “Just as I Am” which has a long history of use in the church to remind us of just this truth. Some may associate it with funerals or tent revivals, but it is a song of joy and love. Did you know that Heather and I had that hymn at our wedding—not only to remind us of our grandparents but also to remind us that always in our marriage we turn to Jesus, no matter where we are or what state we are in, we turn to Jesus together.

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. – Luke 6:35

February starts Lent, a season to pay attention to your relationship with Jesus. It is often called a season of repentance and preparation. Many think of it as a time of harshness or at least seriousness and it is. We think most often of giving things up, of fasting, of thinking about sin. We sing slower songs, we don’t say or sing alleluia often in Lent. But this year because of the coincidence that Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day, we are reminded that to repent is to love.

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
- Psalm 95:6

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.
- Hebrews 12:28

What is worship? It is gathering together as a community and putting God at the center. What is Reformed or Presbyterian worship in particular? In today’s world, what is our tradition’s understandings of worship and its importance to the congregation? Is that Baptist hymn or that Catholic rite or that Lutheran phrasing of the Lord’s Prayer or that Pentecostal praise song out of place? The Director of the PCUSA Office of Theology and Worship, Rev. David Gambrell, offered these 7 ideas all based on the Directory for Worship in our Book of Order and on the scriptural and theological tradition we call Reformed. Maybe this short look will help us see why we do what we do in worship.

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