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Holy Scripture is an inspiration. The Psalms, or songs, are prayers and readings that may illuminate our souls to dance, enable our eyes to see, and encourage us in our spiritual journey to the house of God. Psalm 84 is one example of a psalm that has significance for me and is meaningful in my life and worship. Psalm 84 is believed to be a liturgical account of the annual pilgrimage to the temple at Jerusalem. Early worshippers of God would unite each autumn for a fall harvest festival and worship. The journey to the house of God would have been a holy experience, uniting people as they prepared to worship their God. “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose hearts are the highways to Zion. As they go through the valley of thirst, they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools.” (Psalm 84:1-2, 5-6)
Centuries later, we still journey to the house of the Lord, uniting to worship the one, true God. Today, as before, we journey together, hope filled, anticipating something truly miraculous. In the ancient world, pilgrims may have feared drought, robbery, illness, or any number of obstacles on their journey to the House of God, but they persevered because their lives, and the fullness of them, depended on their arriving together to worship.
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Our 2024 Retired Ministers and Missionarys Offering is always about celebrating, thanking, and lifting up our servant leaders. The offering originated in the mid-1930s as the Communion Fellowship Offering and since 1977 has been known as RMMO. The RMMO funds your church collects are distributed as thank you checks to retired ordained ministers and commissioned missionaries who have devoted 15 years or more to ABCUSA, as well as surviving spouses. A certain portion of funds is also allocated for direct emergency assistance. Thank you to everyone who supported this special offereing and helped us exceed our goal once again.