Calling on the Name of the Lord

Psalm 80:18

Give us life, and we will call on your name.

2 Timothy 1:10

Christ Jesus abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 

These verses come to my email inbox, thanks to the Moravians. They hit the nail on the head: God has given us life – incredible, abundant, eternal life. He has brought life and immortality I to light through the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection. We bask in it, celebrate it, and rejoice in it. We, if we are to be true to the psalmist, also must call on God’s name. 

If we are to call on the name of the Lord and embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, we must acknowledgeour need for God’s mercy, love, forgiveness, grace, and redemption. We cannot attain all this on our own. If we are to embrace the gift we must acknowledge the giver and in humility admit that without God’s gracious gift we would be forever dead. 

Calling on the name of the Lord is an act of worship. It means acknowledging that God is the giver of life. It means expressing our gratitude and appreciation for God’s gifts. It is a way of saying that we know God is above all and that our life itself comes from him. It means saying in one way or another, “Thank you Jesus!”

The day after Easter is a recovery day. After five worship services on our campus yesterday – four of which I was a part – there are several folks who are likely recovering. The musicians, some of whom were part of four of the five services, the elders and worship welcome team members, hospitality team, fellowship team, AV and tech support teams, altar guild, and key staff worked diligently starting at 5 AM. Much energy, many steps, lots of smiles, handshakes and “He is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!” joyfully spoken and re-spoken throughout the morning, together with Scripture readings, songs, the message of “Saved by Grace” and great songs and hymns throughout the day all came together to make Easter at St. John a wonderful experience for nearly 2000 people yesterday. What a glorious day it was. Thank you Jesus!

  1. Bernice and Helmuth Schuetze said:

    What a wonderful and uplifting service!!!!! We attended the 9:30 service and seeing so many people worshiping our
    Risen Lord and Savior was overwhelming. The nice comment from Pastor Schultz as I was given the bread at communion made me feel so welcome and really made my day. We are looking forward to becoming a member of St. John on April 17. He is risen. Alleluia!!!!!

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