“You can dismiss Jesus’ morally zealous words as unrealistic. OR You can take his words as a summons to give yourself to Jesus.” These words from Scot McKnight helped frame today’s worship gathering which focused on a Committed.Life. We explored one of the hard sayings of Jesus found in Luke 9:
As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59 He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.” 62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:57-62)
The bottom line for us today was a committed life begins with the realization that there is a God who is fearlessly, furiously and relentlessly committed to us.
This morning we introduced “At Your Name” by Tim Hughes and Phil Wickham. I have to give credit to my wife for suggesting this song to me this past week. This song presents some beautiful images of praise: mountains shaking and crumbling, oceans roaring and tumbling, morning breaking in glory and creation singing God’s story. And I love the chorus which declares:
“Lord of all the earth we shout your name shout your name
Filling up the skies with endless praise, endless praise
Yahweh, Yahweh, we love to shout your name, O Lord.”
Watch Tim Hughes in this New Song Cafe episode provide the back-story for the song and perform an acoustic version.
One other worship note – during the instrument sections in-between the verses of “How He Loves” we shared these two quotes and created some space for people to reflect upon the furious, relentless love that God has for us:
The wild, unrestricted love of God is not simply an inspiring idea. When it imposes itself on mind and heart with the stark reality of ontological truth, it determines why and at what time you get up in the morning, how you pass your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, and who you hang with; it affects what breaks your heart, what amazes you, and what makes your heart happy. (Brennan Manning)
In loving me, you made me lovable. (Augustine)
Here is our complete worship flow:
- All Glory (Tim Hughes)
- Hosanna (Paul Baloche)
- O Praise Him (David Crowder Band)
- Reading from Isaiah 54
- At Your Name (Tim Hughes/Phil Wickham)
- Report from our Pittsburgh Project Team
- You Have Shown Us (Martin Smith)
- How He Loves (John Mark McMillan)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.