6.5.11 Worship Confessional

As we continued our series, “Beautiful Exchange,” this Sunday we took a scaled back musical approach: acoustic and electric guitar, bass, hand percussion and vocals. I love doing this on occasion as it seems to draw out a different kind of response from the people of God in worship – a bit more earthy and human. Perhaps less technology can lead to more human-divine connection. I sensed some of that in our worship space yesterday and others in the room confirmed it.

I was teaching this week on John 15 and looking at the Cross as the supreme example of love. In reading some of the work of the twelfth century French theological Peter Abelard and his Moral Influence Theory of the cross, I came across his phrase, “an awakening of love.”  What might transpire in our hearts if we truly looked at the cross and gained a greater understanding of the reality that the cross is not the revelation of a love that saves – the cross is the love that saves revealed. And so we closed with the song, “Awakening,” the title track from the latest Passion release. If you are not familiar with this song, check out the New Song Cafe from Worship Together. It was a perfect closer for us yesterday:

“In our hearts, Lord, in this nation
Awakening
Holy Spirit, we desire
Awakening

In Your presence, in Your power
Awakening
For this moment, for this hour
Awakening

For You and You alone
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing
For the world You love
Your will be done, let Your will be done in me”

Our complete worship flow:

  • Like a Lion (Daniel Bashta)
  • Our God is Mercy (Brenton Brown)
  • Rock of Ages (Paul Baloche)
  • Reading of Psalm 84
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Better Is One Day (Matt Redman)
  • Celebrating Our Graduates
  • Emily’s Story
  • Announcements/Offering
  • Message
  • Awakening (Passion)

You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community. Congrats to TWC for one hundred and fifty consecutive weeks of posts. It has been a true joy to participate in this amazing community of worshipers and leaders.

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Comments

  1. Great songs, great set. I wonder if the unplugged approach lends itself to more participation because people can hear themselves more clearly? Is that a factor or non-factor in your context?

    Also, I wasn’t quite sure what you were getting at in this sentence:

    “What might transpire in our hearts if we truly looked at the cross and gained a greater understanding of the reality that the cross is not the revelation of a love that saves – the cross is the love that saves revealed.”
    Rob Still recently posted..3 Keys For Excellence in Worship Ministry- Heart- Head- Hands

    • Rob, I think the acoustics do have something to do with it. We meet in a school gym, not the greatest acoustical setting, and a stripped back sounds creates more space. I also recall someone (can’t remember who) saying that “Singing is an intimate thing.” Sometimes being able to hear yourself and others is a bit too threatening for people.

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