4.3.11 Worship Confessional

On this the fourth Sunday of Lent, we pressed into some pretty serious and weighty matters. We have been following the Scripture readings and themes from the Mosaic Bible and today our focus was sin and death. Our texts were Numbers 21:4-9 and John 3:14-21. I love the connection between the “Snake on a Stick” narrative in Numbers and Jesus’ words: “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up that everyone who believes may have eternal life” (John 3:14-15).

The cure for snakes is snakes
The cure for sinful humanity is one man’s holy life
The cure for death is death

Musically, we introduced a new song by Brenton Brown, “Our God is Mercy.” This is a rich, accessible congregational song that invites worshipers to lift up their eyes to the God of all mercy, to the God who is near to the sinner and brokenhearted.

“The kingdom of our God is near
Lift Your eyes, lift Your eyes
The hope of heaven is drawing near
Lift Your eyes, lift Your eyes
You’re blessed if you’ve been torn apart
You’re blessed if you’ve a broken heart
Cause hope is waiting at the door
Salvation’s near

Our God is mercy, our God is mercy
If your heart is heavy, if your soul is thirsty
There is a refuge, a home for the lonely
Our God is near, our God is near…
Lift your eyes, lift your eyes, lift up your eyes and sing”

You can listen to and learn the song on Brenton’s Youtube channel.

The rest of our music set included:

  • All Creatures of Our God and King (traditional/David Crowder version)
  • Where the Spirit of the Lord Is (Tomlin/Nockels)
  • Everlasting God (Brenton Brown)
  • Our God Is Mercy (Brenton Brown)
  • Wholly Yours (David Crowder Band)
  • This is How We Know (Matt Redman)

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

Stay connected…


  1. What a great set! Thanks for sharing “Our God is Mercy” and for reminding me about Wholly Yours…haven’t listened to that one in a while.


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