Monday, March 15, 2010

Comments on the Occasion of the Jubal Spring Concert

We just held the Spring Concert for Jubal Cottage School and I was asked to open the event with a few words and prayer. I feel a little guilty welcoming people to these concerts because I don’t want anyone to get the idea that I have actually done anything; it’s the teachers and the students that do everything. Never the less, here’s what I had to say:

Good evening and welcome to the 2010 Jubal Spring Concert.

We’ve enjoyed a wonderful spring day haven’t we? (NOTE – 16C!) It puts me in mind of portions from God’s word that remind us of the transition from one season to another:

'For behold, the winter is past, The rain is over {and} gone.
'The flowers have {already} appeared in the land; The time has arrived for pruning {the vines,} And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.
'The fig tree has ripened its figs, And the vines in blossom have given forth {their} fragrance. Song of Songs 2:11-13a

For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise To spring up before all the nations. Is. 61:11

Though this refers to a future state, it has certainly been true of the past weeks at Jubal. Through hard work by the children and diligent planning by the teachers, righteousness and praise has sprung up in the land. Jubal is intended to assist parents in teaching children the arts, especially as they apply to the corporate worship of the church.

These past weeks the students have been acquiring new skills and we hope the exercise of their talents will bring joy and entertainment, above all we ask that God will be glorified.