4.10.11 Worship Confessional

On this the fifth Sunday of Lent, our focus in worship was the practice of fasting. One of our music team members, Sue, was leading music at our gathering and a couple of weeks ago when she asked me what the Scriptures and theme was for this Sunday, I jokingly said to her  “pull out all of your fasting worship songs.” When you are teaching lectionary texts, it can be a difficult feat sometimes to sync up music with the preaching themes.

Sue handled the challenge well and did an excellent job of not trying to force the theme; instead she focused on putting together a solid set of songs, drawn first from her own journey and then offered to our community of faith to help them connect with God in worship.

Our set this morning included:

  • Your Grace is Enough (Matt Maher)
  • Our God is Mercy (Brenton Brown)
  • I Will Not Be Silent (David Crowder Band)
  • Came to My Rescue (Hillsong)
  • Hungry (Kathryn Scott)
  • People of God (Gungor)

Let me share one quote from my teaching this morning and also pose one question for your consideration. The quote comes from Laureen Winner who wrote this in regard to her own practice of fasting: “I can begin to see that Jesus expects us to fast not because He is arbitrary or capricious or cruel, but because fasting does good work on both our bodies and our souls.”

And here’s the question: how has God used the practice of fasting in your spiritual journey? I would love to learn from your experience.

You can learn what others experienced in worship this morning at The Worship Community.

Stay connected…


  1. Although I’ve grown up in the Church – I have never practiced fasting except connect to special ministry times of prayer.

    Thank you for your article – I have really felt God calling me to look into this practice more. God Bless!

    • Lori,

      Thanks for stopping by. I am grateful that God used my post as a prompt in your faith journey.

      I appreciate being connected in The Worship Community.


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