3.13.11 Worship Confessional

“I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Christ, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word” (Book of Common Prayer).

I loved sharing these historic words with our community of faith this morning. What an honor to stand before a company of faithful people and invite them into rich season filled with opportunities to connect more deeply with our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Recently I have been drawn to a powerful song by Know+Hope Collective called, “Attention.” This is a beautiful prayer that has helped me posture myself with a greater openness toward the movement of God in my life. Here are some of the lyrics:

You call me here from all the things I’m chasing,
You bring me to this place to lie down
You pull me from the wars I’ve been waging,
And remind me there’s a table set for us

You call us here so we could find our purpose
You bring us here, one body, to find rest
You pull us close to you, close together
So close we hear your whisper, feel your breath

Exhale,
Shut my eyes and make me
Slow down and be still

So speak,
You have our attention
You have our attention
You have our attention, Lord.

What practices do you and your community engage in during the season of Lent to help you slow down and become more attentive to God?

The rest of our worship set included:

  • Marvelous Light (Charlie Hall)
  • Bless Your Name (Eddie Kirkland)
  • Your Grace Is Enough (Matt Maher)
  • My Reward (Kristian Stanfill)
  • Attention (Know+Hope Collective)

You can learn what other faith communities experienced in worship this weekend at The Worship Community.

Stay connected…

Comments

  1. Thanks for this honest post.
    I liked your connection in worship to some of the ancient text. I think many of us ‘modern worship leaders’ discard the great prayers and hymnody of the past because they are old and doing so miss some rich and powerful words that can help us get an understanding of ‘mystery and power’ of the God we serve.

    • Michael – your comments remind me of the words of Jesus in Matthew 13:52: “Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” The church today needs these kinds of worship leaders.

      T

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