This morning was the second installment in our series, “Five Ways of Being the People of God.” The series is based upon five New Testament, “one anothers,” that we have identified as foundational to our life as a community of faith. Today’s focus was “be hospitable” and our primary text was Romans 12 :13 – “share with the Lord’s people who are in need; practice hospitality.” I especially appreciate the way Eugene Peterson captures this verse: “help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality” (The Message). What might our world look like if Christ-followers truly became inventive in hospitality?
This weekend, one of our team members, Sue, led our music team. I have to admit she had a challenging assignment as it is fairly difficult to identify a setlist of “be hospitable” worship songs. Sue did an excellent job in not only putting a setlist together but also leading worship through music this morning. I have known Sue for quite a while and it has been a gift to see her grow and mature as a person, follower of Christ and worship leader. She stepped up to a whole new level this morning as she worked diligently on flow and song transitions. And the result was a rich environment where people could truly connect with God. As well, she faced the challenge of having both our regular sound guy and a percussionist and strong background vocalist call in sick this morning. That’s enough to make even the most seasoned worship leader quake. She took in all in stride. Well done, Sue!
Here was our setlist for the morning
- Freedom is Here (Hillsong United)
- Bless Your Name (Eddie Kirkland)
- How He Loves (John Mark McMillan)
- Made to Worship (Chris Tomlin)
- I Will Follow (Chris Tomlin)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced in worship this weekend at The Worship Community.