This morning we focused on the “can” and “will” chapters of the Gospel story. As Michael Metzer wrote: “We only think about what we can do to make life better because of Redemption. And finally, we only dream about what will be because we’re made for eternity, the final Restoration.”
We raised these questions in worship: what is our part in the story of redemption? How can we participate with God in the redemptive work that can be done to make life better? How will we help people experience the world as it ought to be? And how do we begin to live now in the world as it will one day be?
As I was thinking about these questions and our part in the story, I was reminded of Mother Teresa who described herself with these words: “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” It was this beautiful, self-understanding that empowered Teresa to live by faith, be a voice of hope and be known by her acts of love in a part of the world that was dominated by the “is” of the Fall.
Of course, everyone received a number 2 pencil to take away as a reminder that we too can be little pencils in the hands of a writing God who is sending a love letter to our world.
A question for worship leaders: what did you do (or could have done) in worship to help make the message more tangible and concrete for your people?
I would love to learn from you and engage in some conversation on this topic.
Our worship set included:
- Alive Again (Matt Maher)
- Reading of Isaiah 12
- Salvation Is Here (Hillsong)
- The Earth is Yours (Gungor)
- Scriptural Reflection and Prayer based on Genesis 15:1
- My Reward (Kristan Stanfill)
- Everything Glorious (David Crowder Band)
You can learn what other faith communities experienced in worship this weekend at The Worship Community.