From: Rich Carlson
Date: October 8, 2020
Subject: It's October 8; Good Morning Union

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!”    Psalm 8:1

I really love this song, and it reminds me this morning of a helpful structure if I'm looking for something to read in God's word each morning. If I can't find a specific approach to focusing on God's Word the look at the date (today is the 8th) and read the appropriate Psalm (Psalm 8!), and presto-- I have a plan for the whole month! Then next month just add 30 each day so next month I would read Psalm 38; the next month on this date it would be Psalm 68 and I have a morning worphip plan that lasts 5 months!
Anyway, back to today's Psalm. I learned it long ago and find myself singing it often on my morning walks, especially in the winter when it’s still dark and I am enjoying the stars. Here’s the whole thing:

“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!

You have set Your glory about the heavens.

From the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider Your heavens, the works of Your hands, what is man that You are mindful of him? The son of man that You care for him?

You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings, and crowned him with glory and honor.

You made him ruler over the works of Your hands; You put everything under his feet—all flocks and herds and the beasts of the fields, the birds of the air and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!”


So much in one song by David. I am especially drawn to the songs, and any verse of scripture that is written with the appropriate pronouns, so that I’m not talking ABOUT God, but I’m talking TO God! I can use it as a personal worship song; I can use it as a prayer; I can use it in my quiet time talking with God.

In this song:

  1. I acknowledge HIS majesty
  2. I acknowledge HIS wisdom and sovereignty
  3. I acknowledge HIS Creatorship
  4. I acknowledge HIS gift in making me special and highly honored
  5. I acknowledge HIS call to responsibly care for His creation
  6. And I acknowledge that HE is Lord

Nothing about me and my “needs;” it’s ALL about Him. That’s the way I like to sing and pray.

Have a great day discovering the joy of other-centered prayer,

Pastor Rich

Quote for the day:     “You can still love yourself and still be a work in progress.”

PS        uGather @ 10:35 outside again!! Back campus at the Quad. This week our own Tim Simon, Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness, will bring Jesus to us citing the research and linkage around hope, positive psychology and your natural talents. Join us as we “Create Community in Christ.” Bring a pen and help us celebrate the gift that we have survived the first half of the semester and we’re still almost totally COVID free and still live in class!!

PPS      Marcus Larivaux, pastor from Allon Chapel is coming to Campus Ministries to offer additional pastoral support. He’ll be in our office space from 1-3 every Thursday afternoon for the rest of the semester. You can make an appointment by contacting Pastor Larivaux at   or mobile  862 600 8399    or just stop by. We are very greatful that we can offer a variety of pastoral counseling for you.

PPPS   Prayer Warriors meets tonight at 6:30pm and 7pm in the Dick Building Amphitheatre (basement). Join us at either time or for the whole hour, to discuss a thought and of course pray. Also earn yourself a worship credit! Staff and students welcome! See you then!"

PP…S   “You’re In!” starts tonight @ 7pm in the sanctuary. Join the CVC pastoral team as they look at themes relevant to the assurance that "You're in” with Jesus. Tonight Pastor Gua will be speaking. Her topic, “Purpose in Christ.”