10.10.10 Worship Confessional

During our worship gathering on Sunday we joined with thousands of other communities of faith around the globe  partnering with the Micah Challenge in the Lend a Hand campaign. 2010 is a year of great challenge and opportunity in the fight against global poverty. It’s ten years since the nations of the world made promises to the poor amongst us and the Lend a Hand campaign was an initiative designed to bring 100 million people together in a worldwide cry that the poor and our promises to them cannot be forgotten.

If the nations of the world did what they promised to do in 2000, half a billion people would be lifted out of poverty by 2015. With full recognition that poverty will not be solved solely by governments, I do believe that as citizens and as followers of Christ we can ask our leaders to follow-through on the commitments we made to do our part in eliminating the sin of extreme poverty. And as Christians and members of the Body of Christ we have a special calling to love and serve the poor. As Micah 6:8 reminds us: “What does the Lord require? To do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbling with your God.”

During our worship gathering we provided the opportunity and space for people to gather around prayer stations to “lend a hand” We invited them to promise to live justly or to advocate for the poor around the world. And we invited people to pray passionately because we can’t achieve anything as big as this without God’s help. The image in this post contains that hand-prints of many who participated in this time of prayer and commitment.

What is the connection between worship and justice? Is it right to advocate for justice in the context of a worship gathering? I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic.

Our worship set for the morning included:

  • Marvelous Light (Charlie Hall)
  • Not to Us/Here is Our King (Todd Fields version)
  • Small Rebellions (song from Jars of Clay new project, “Shelter”)
  • Follow Me (Leeland)
  • You Have Shown Us (Compassion Art Project)

You can learn what other churches experienced in worship at The Worship Community.

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  1. Julia Franzen says:

    John piper said that “Missions exist because worship doesn’t” and I absolutely think that is true. I was so so glad that “justice” was the message sunday morning!

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in his letter from a Birmingham jail specifically this idea and the practicing of biblical justice saying:

    “So here we are moving toward the end of the twentieth century with a religious community largely adjusted to the status quo, standing as a taillight behind other community agencies instead of a headlight leading men to higher levels of justice…It was during a period when the early Christians rejoiced when they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed…whenever the early Christians entered a town the power structure got disturbed and immediately sought to convict them for being disturbers of peace and outside agitators. But the went on with the conviction that they were ‘a colony of heaven’ and had to obey God rather than man. They were small in number but big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be ‘astronomically intimidated. They brought an end to such evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contest….. So the question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind? Will we be extremists for hate or love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice – or will we be extremists for the cause of justice?”

    Worship and justice are inextricably linked because worship of God means we are pursuing justice with our every breath. I love missions and have a heart for it but it is just a start. It is a place to begin in a fallen and broken world. And we must always have our eyes fixed on something higher, something more than seems possible.

    • terry timm says:

      Thanks for taking the time to share you thoughtful comments Julia. I love the line you quoted from Dr. King – “they were too God-intoxicated to be astronomically intimidated.” Oh that we as the people of God might live in such a way today.

      And I appreciate your connection between mission and worship. God loves the nations and there is coming a day when all the nations of the earth will indeed worship our great God. Right now we have the opportunity to extend an invitation to join in the worship of our great God – let your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven!

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