In these autumn weeks that lead up to Advent, our worship theme is “What Disciples Believe Do.” This isn’t to discount the significance of belief at all; instead, the theme celebrates that our faith is gloriously embodied. Jesus cared immensely about what his followers did.
As disciples of Christ, we honor and glorify God in our bodies. We shake hands or hug as we gather for worship, we rise to sing, bow our heads to pray, listen to music with ears attuned, baptize with water, celebrate communion with grain and grape, and pass the peace by exchanging touch and looking into each other’s eyes.
In this brief season, we mark much in the life of this church. On Stewardship Sunday we pledge not only gifts of money, but our time and talents, too – physical gifts that are part of our daily lives. On All Saints’ Sunday, we thank God for resurrection hope as we name the saints who have lived and died beloved among us. In the Kirkin’ of the Tartans service, we pay homage to ancestors in our Presbyterian heritage who practiced their faith in difficult circumstances. And all these Sundays contain tangible elements that delight: feasting, singing, candle lighting, bagpipe playing, clasping hands.
May praying this favorite hymn encourage our praise on this day and throughout this season.
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.