A Spring Letter from Pastor Joe

O Sing to the Lord a new song  Isaiah 42:10

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Grace and Peace to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Emma Hooper in her novel, Our Homesick Songs, tells the story of a Newfoundland family’s struggle to maintain home. Finn, the twelve year old son who plays the accordion, is gathering people to sing and to play music.  One day he asked the postwoman,

“Sophie, do you play any instruments or sing?”

“Hm. Well, I’m a decent bodhran, and, well, everyone can sing, can’t they?  Sure, sure they can. Everyone can sing.”

Isaiah called the Israelites to sing a new song.  This new song will be about God’s deliverance of Israel from the Babylonian Captivity.  This new deliverance will be similar to the exodus from Egypt but unlike the original; this one will be without travail.  God will do a new thing.  Listen to Isaiah:

I will lay waste mountains and hills,
and dry up all their herbage;
I will turn the rivers into islands,
and dry up the pools.
I will lead the blind
by a road they do not know,
by paths they have not known
I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness before them into light,
the rough places into level ground.

During Lent and Easter, we remember and participate in the new thing God is doing through Jesus Christ.  Like Isaiah and Finn, I invite you to come and “sing” a new song to God as we experience new exoduses in our lives from bondage and oppression.

Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the end of the earth!

Christ’s Servant,

The Reverend Joseph A. Johnson