This morning was week two in our series, One.Life. The essence of this series is that we only have one life to live and the best thing we could invest our lives in is God’s dream for the world which is the kingdom of God. Today our focus was on love and Scot McKnight brilliantly captures the connection between love and the kingdom of God with these words:
The kingdom is a kingdom of love. From the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep; whether we are searching for or have found our soul mate; whether we are working or playing or traveling; whether we are wondering what God designed for us to accomplish in this world; whether we are serving in a homeless shelter or whether we are pouring coffee into espresso cups, our various dreams have their meaning only when they are enveloped by loving God and loving others. When we live in love, we live in the kingdom society Jesus came to create. (One.Life, p. 54)
One of the unique things we are doing in this series is raising a couple of questions at the end of each gathering and encouraging people to share some of their own story with others throughout the week. Curt Thompson, in his book Anatomy of the Soul points to research that indicates that good things actually happen in our brains when we have the opportunity be heard as we tell our story. And he also writes that when we emphatically listen to another person’s story, God does some rewiring in our brain as well. Pretty amazing stuff!
Here were the questions we raised today (you might want to use these questions as the basis of a conversation with a friend this week):
- Identify a time in your life when you felt like you were in the zone of loving God and/or loving others.
- What did that look and feel like?
- What kind of impact did that have on you and others?
We had a pretty simple music set this week. We had some fun with Matt Maher’s new song, Turn Around; it’s as close to country as this worship leader is ever getting. If you are not familiar with Matt’s latest project, The Love In Between, you should check it out.
- Crash This Place (Matthew Reed)
- Love the Lord (Lincoln Brewster)
- Because of Your Love (Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown)
- Turn Around (Matt Maher)
We also closed worship with this prayer from Christine Sine:
Holy God may we worship you with body, mind, soul and spirit
May we praise you with voice and words and deeds
May we love you with a whole heart gladly
And love our neighbors as we do ourselves. Amen.
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.