Call to Worship

Church, some of you may know that I worked at Shoppers Drug Mart before I started in my role as Worship Director here at Calvary. I mean, most of you probably know because I worked there for about a decade and all my good stories are Shoppers related (working in customer service is wild!). Just before I finished my time there, we got an optical department, which was a win for me because I was able to get my glasses with an employee discount, with benefits, all while earning Optimum points. It was the trifecta of good deals! And they’ve been a huge help to me as I navigate the world with these ol’ near-sighted eyes. Where before, everything in the distance was a blur, now things appear crisp and clear.

Or – at least – they did.

A few months ago I was watching our Sunday morning service from the back of the sanctuary, and I tell ya – if I didn’t have the Great Commission memorized, I would have been lost! Obviously, my eyes had gotten worse, but I didn’t realize how bad it was until that moment.

Now you might be thinking to yourself, “Jolene, this isn’t a very interesting story, let alone a good blog post”, but my point is this: sometimes we don’t know when we aren’t seeing things clearly.

Last Sunday, Scott Stein talked to us about Wisdom. That in order to properly understand the world around us, we must do so through the lens of God as Creator.

This is why every Sunday service – EVERY. SUNDAY. SERVICE. – begins with a call to worship that recognizes God’s power, his majesty and is might. Whether through scripture or song, we start by declaring the greatness of our God. Because sometimes 10am hits on a Sunday morning, and our minds are on a million different things. And that’s okay! But when we think about those things in light of God’s sovereignty, we can see them for what they truly are.

In our frustrations and in our fear, in our praise and rejoicing, don’t lose sight of who is in control. The creator God, the author of our lives has this whole broken world in his hands.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrew 12:2-3

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Gillian Hazelden - February 18th, 2021 at 8:42am

Thanks for your blog. Was very interesting reading and very thought provoking. Thanks for bringing joy to the start of my day when it began with a call from VISA fraudulent services saying that there had been two charges made on my card! Thanks be to God that the call was fake. Keep up the good work with your blogs - I look forward to reading them in the future.