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  • Writer's pictureMike Woods

Hymn of Praise

Have you paused to ponder just how much can happen in one’s life after so many months in our bubbles? In some ways as we return to in-person activities such as worship, we are creating a whole new community. It’s almost like we’re a new church.

Our experiences of grief, loneliness, loss, and anger have shaped us. Just as our experiences of joy, new life, accomplishment and healing have changed us.

So, we need to get to know one another again. Part of this knowing will come from the stories we tell each week as we answer questions on the back of our bulletins.

What has been your Hymn of Praise this past year? Is there a song or a saying that has pointed you in the direction of gratefulness toward God?

Here are some of our answers:

· Listening to sounds of nature.

· I got a new job. I find myself just walking through the house saying to myself, “I love my job!”

· Wind Beneath My Wings —Ron Hammond planning music for his funeral which came sooner than we thought.

· Eternal Father Strong to Save (Navy hymn)

· We say “I love you,” many times a day. —empty nester couple

· Leonard Cohen’s, Hallelujah (Pentatonix version)

· Jesus Loves Me

· Psalm 46 verse: Be still and know that I am God.

· Here is Bread, Here is Wine

· What a Friend We have in Jesus

· Bob Dylan’s, My Back Pages —Pastor Mike “I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.

· Lovely Day by Bill Withers —Kenley Henry

· Holy, Holy, Holy

· The children’s song Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Lord.

· Connecting with nature & neighbors, family & friends, and my inner creative self.

· Beautiful Savior

· “Broken” by Matthew West

· Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying

· Allelu!

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