3.27.11 Worship Confessional

Today was the third Sunday of Lent and our focus was the holiness of God. Marlaena Cochran, our Director of Spiritual Formation, taught from Isaiah 6 and Romans 5 and you can listen to her talk at our audio site, “Thinking Out Loud.

This morning we included in our music set one of my favorite hymns, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” The timeless words resonated deeply within my spirit especially as we declared, “perfect in power, in love and purity.” We used Stephen Curtis Chapman’s arrangement of this beloved hymn (taken from the soundtrack of “Amazing Grace”). He added a simple bridge between the second and third verses:

“You are holy, holy, holy
God of glory, God of grace
You are holy, holy, holy
And You’re worthy of our praise
You are holy, holy, holy
And we bow before you now
Singing holy, holy, holy.”

If you are not familiar with this version, I highly recommended it to you as an excellent example of the fusion between the old and the new.

After singing this hymn, we spent some time in silence, using the words of Psalm 139:23-24 to invite God to search out hearts. As we moved out of the silence, we used a prayer written by a member of our faith community, Dianne Polome entitled “My Wandering Heart.”

My wandering heart is a
wanting heart
that wants to want you only.
instead it roams, in search of
. . . who knows what.
I am satisfied so easily with things
that fade away in my grasp.

Oh to want you only, God,
for my heart to quicken
as often as I open my eyes to you,
for my heart to seek you
and not things.
for my soul to be satisfied
in you alone.

The rest of our music set included:

  • Faithful Over Us (Casey Darnell)
  • Where the Spirit of the Lord Is (Tomlin and Nockels)
  • The Earth Is Yours (Gungor)
  • Holy, Holy, Holy (Steven Curtis Chapman version)
  • My Reward (Kristian Stanfill)
  • How Great Is Our God (Chris Tomlin)

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

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Comments

  1. I love your song set. Our team will soon learn “Where the Spirit of the Lord” by Tomlin and Nockels.

  2. I love “The Earth is Yours”! Great list!

    Barry Westman

  3. I am not familiar with the Chapman ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’ – I will have to give it a listen – and, what a lovely prayer! Maggie
    Maggie Cook recently posted..Sunday Setlist March 27

  4. Good stuff. There’s something about singing the words “Holy, Holy, Holy.” It just touches you waaayyy down deep in your core.

  5. Great set, Terry. I’m a huge Gungor fan. A dream of ours is to incorporate “Dry Bones” sometime. It’s a monster of a song to play, so we have our work cut out for us!
    Bill Horn recently posted..Set List- 03-26 – 03-27-11 Fellowship Bible Church

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