12.12.10 Worship Confessional

This morning was the third Sunday of Advent and our theme was active anticipation. Our Director of Spiritual Formation, Marlaena Cochran taught from Romans 8:15-25 and she talked about three ways in which we wait during this season of Advent:  we wait as parents who are pregnant, we wait as children and we wait for the glory that will be revealed.

One of the lectionary readings this week was a personal favorite –  Zephaniah 3:14-16. Many people equate worship with singing songs to God. However, this text in a sense turns the tables on us. The prophet speak not of our winging to God, but the Father singing over us:

“Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

After a time of listening and quiet prayer, we sang together a beautiful song by Matt Maher and Jason Ingram based upon this text. The chorus declares:

Out of the depths you cry “Come and be satisfied?”
Father you sing, Father, you sing over Your children.
Let us see through Your eye, we are Your great delight
Father you sing, Father, you sing over Your children.

If you are not familiar with this song, I would encourage you to give it a listen and think about including it in an upcoming worship gathering.

One of the other dynamics of our worship this weekend was the inclusion of a number of students in our music team.  We had a high school student playing keys and three college students as well (on drums, acoustic guitar and vocals). Korey, Natalie, Vince and Caleb all willingly offered their musical gifts to God and our community of faith. I love to serve together with the next generation of worship leaders and am grateful for the heart and passion they bring to the ministry.

Our music set included:

  • All Bow Down (Tomlin)
  • Glory to God Forever (Fee)
  • Jesus Messiah (Tomlin)
  • Sing Over Your Children (Maher)
  • Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Daniel Renstrom arrangement)

Learn what other worshiping communities experienced this weekend at The Worship Community.

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