Psalm 95 “O Come”

Kendra Thompson

I know a couple that prays with their daughter every night and in their prayers, they invite the Holy Spirit to come and be with her. They sing a little song and ask the Holy Spirit to come into her room…her bed…be with her while she sleeps. Then, they let her add people and things and places she would like the Holy Spirit to visit. That’s how they pray at bedtime. I love it.

Psalm 95 in the Book of Common Prayer service for “Morning Prayer” is called the Venite or “O Come.” It is an invocation, a welcome, an opportunity to trust God’s faithfulness even more than we already do.

I love the opening lines – I’ve practically memorized them! “O Come. Let us sing unto the Lord. Let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.”

For these next two months, we’re trying something new with Morning Star Academy communications. A little video-blog (vlog) project called “Psalms in Spring.” In some ways, it’s like my friends’ bedtime prayers with their young daughter. We are taking time to pause and invite the Almighty to dwell with us as we bask in God’s scripture. In particular, through the songs and poetry of the Psalms.

Each week you’ll hear from someone new who is connected to Morning Star Academy. Some weeks you’ll hear from a staff person, others, a faculty member, even some students will share from their favorite Psalms.

We hope you’ll enjoy these reflections – and engage with them! Like, comment, read, watch…and be sure to tell us what you think. But most of all, enjoy this opportunity to dwell with God’s word and feel God’s presence through these written and spoken moments.

Kendra Thompson is a minister, a writer, a Morning Star Academy parent and part-time director of communications for the school. She and her husband, John, love that their kids’ faith is incorporated into their learning at Morning Star Academy.

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