Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving

psalm-100-4I know you’ve witnessed this scene. A person is trying to prove he is no threat or danger and moves forward with hands down, palms exposed, nothing hidden or held back.  Yes, his hands are empty. He is helpless if the One he approaches would take advantage of his surrender and his drawing near.

But, nevertheless, the person moves forward.

Then, the person realizes suddenly how beautiful the One he approaches is. Why hadn’t he come forward sooner? How could he have missed the glory, the beauty, or the splendor that now is so attractive?

It’s simple really. The person had never before dared to come this close.

This is the invitation of Psalm 100. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Be thankful unto Him and bless His name for the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures unto all generations.” (Psalm 100: 4-5)

About laurelhillumc

Laurel Hill United Methodist Church is rich in history as a church family committed to a life in Christ. We began in the heart of Varina almost 150 years ago; the church has grown through its existence as a church-hospital in the Civil War, as a circuit church, and survived a disastrous fire which destroyed the sanctuary about 50 years ago. Then, dedicated, Spirit-filled Christians worked hard together to build a new sanctuary. That hard work has continued with many new improvements including a new addition connecting the sanctuary and educational building, the installation of an elevator providing total accessibility throughout both buildings, remodeling the education building and the installation of 18 stained glass windows. Faithful clergy and laity ministering together have established a legacy of dedication and service which enables Laurel Hill to be a beacon of light in our community, in our world and to all who follow for generations to come. In response to the needs of the Varina community, Laurel Hill United Methodist Church also operates the Laurel Hill Weekday School. These programs are an active part of the life and ministry of Laurel Hill UMC. We accept the opportunity through our morning Preschool and After School child care to share our values of love, caring, cooperation and forgiveness. The Church and child care programs work together to enhance the spiritual, mental and physical growth of children in our community. Our worship services are held each Sunday with a contemporary service at 8:45am and a traditional service at 11:00am. Sunday School begins at 9:45am. Call our office (804) 795-2772 for Bible Study times and other ministry opportunities.
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