Good spirit/bad spirit. We all have experienced both of those. “There’s a good spirit about that place.” or “I felt a bad spirit there.” Those things are hard to put your finger on, but we know what they are. They happen in our workplaces, in social gatherings, in our families, in our own hearts, etc.
When I feel that “bad spirit” working on me, I think of the words to a part of the liturgy which many of us grew up with, which is from the Psalms: “Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me.” And God can and does do that.
For those of you who couldn’t join us at worship this past weekend, you can go to our website, listen to the service and hear that Word which makes all things new and “renews a right spirit within” us. You will hear that Life giving Word, not only in the readings and sermon, but also in the music of our worship.
Martin Luther once said, “Next to theology, I give music the highest place of honor”. Through music, God can lift our spirits and breathe hope and life into us. We experience that in worship on a regular basis. (Just tune in and listen to our children’s choir from this past weekend and you’ll see what I mean!)
This coming Thursday at 7pm, as a part of our Worship and Fine Arts Series, you can experience some wonderful music at the Vero Beach Performing Arts Center from the St. Olaf Orchestra. Tickets are available in the church office for only $10 each, or at the door, for a little more. Students are free. Come and have your spirits lifted with some great music by some wonderful, talented young musicians from St. Olaf College in Northfield MN, one of our Lutheran colleges.
For other information about life at Our Savior, please visit our website at www.oursaviorelca.com.
Have a grace filled week. See you in church! Pastor Jack +