2.6.11 Worship Confessional

It’s Super Sunday here in Pittsburgh and it was pretty cool to see our worship space filled with people dressed in black and gold this morning. While we all had our thoughts on the big game later today, it was great to gather with the people of God and together express our love and devotion to Him.

Today’s gathering was the fourth in our series, “Five Ways of Being the People of God” and our focus was on the command to “be forgiving.” Katherine Sikma, our Director of Young Adult and Campus Ministry, shared an excellent message based upon Colossians 3 and Ephesians 4.

This past week I have been listening to the latest Defining Moments podcast from the Willow Creek Association and this month’s topic was “Spiritual Direction in Worship Services.” This is a extremely helpful conversation between Bill Hybels, Nancy Beach, and two of Willow Creek’s primary worship leaders, Aaron Niequist and Matt Lundgren and I would encourage you to give it a listen. The big question that this podcast caused me to wrestle was “how do we help non-singers connect with God in worship?” We place a great deal of emphasis on worship through music in our community of faith and as a musician and singer, it is easy for me to forget that not everyone’s pathway to God is through music.

This morning we took a fairly extended time of Scripture, reflection, silence and prayer wrapped around the themes of confession and forgiveness. Using the words from David found in Psalm 139, Psalm 51 and Psalm 103 we created some non-musical space for our worshiping community to invite God to examine their lives, bring their sin before God and receive words of assurance that remind us of God’s great love and forgiveness:

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us ” (Psalm 103:11-12).

What do you do to help non-singers connect with God in your worship gatherings? I would love to hear your ideas on this topic.

We also had some fun this morning as we used the Mumford and Sons song, “Sigh No More” as a lead-in to the message. This song was a bit outside our normal musical genre, so it provided an opportunity to stretch for our team.

Here’s the rest of our worship set included:

  • Nothing But the Blood (Brett Younker arrangement)
  • All Things New (Brett Younker)
  • Because of Your Love (Paul Baloche)
  • I Will Follow (Chris Tomlin)
  • Sigh No More (Mumford and Sons)

You can learn what other communities of faith experienced his weekend at The Worship Community.

Stay connected…

Comments

  1. Terry-

    I haven’t heard Brett Younker’s stuff yet. I will have to check it out.

    As far as helping the non-singers engage, I am trying to bring the keys of songs lower so people who don’t sing a lot can feel more comfortable doing so in worship.

    I think you make a good point about pathways to connect with God. I try to spend sufficient time dealing with the truth at the heart of what we are singing about, and this helps to connect with those who respond more to the spoken word and to Scripture reading. I will check out that podcast, because it is something I am wrestling with in my context, as well.

    As far as the Super Bowl goes, you don’t want to know my opinion, because you’ll probably never want to communicate with me again. 🙂 (I’m a Browns fan…)

    Keep after it!

    Bill

  2. I love “Because of Your Love.” Though the chord changes are repetitive, I love playing them.

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