11.20.11 Worship Confessional

“Sexuality is the energy inside of us that works incessantly against our being alone. Sexuality is a beautiful, good, extremely powerful, sacred energy, given us by God and experienced in every cell of our being as an irrepressible urge to overcome our incompleteness, to move toward unity and consummation with that which is beyond us.” (Ronald Rolheiser)

This morning we concluded our ten week series, One.Life with a message on sexuality. As Scot McKnight asks, “what kind of sexual relationships do you want in the One.Life you’ve got?”

I think our sexuality can be a powerful metaphor for the “here and the not yet” dynamic of God’s kingdom. The longing, the ache, the joy, the sadness, the pleasure, the pain – these dimensions of our sexuality have spiritual counterparts as well.  After the message we closed with a beautiful song from Shaun Groves entitled “Kingdom Coming.” I find this song to be a potent heart cry and longing for God’s kingdom to come in its fullness.

“Til the sword is spared
And the bread is shared
‘Til the dying’s done
Let your kingdom come
‘Til the rich ones give
And the poor ones live
‘Til the weak are strong
Let your kingdom come.”

Our complete worship flow looked like this:

  • All Glory (Tim Hughes)
  • Call to Worship
  • O This God (Matt Redman)
  • At Your Name (Tim Hughes/Phil Wickham)
  • Your Name (Paul Baloche/Glen Packiam)
  • The CCCSH Song (Greg Steele)
  • Announcements/Offering
  • Message
  • Kingdom Coming (Shaun Groves)
  • Benediction

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

Stay connected…

Comments

  1. “Kingdom Coming” is a new one to me. I really like it; thanks for pointing it out.
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  2. Great set Terry
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  3. Terry,

    How do you decide which songs you want to add to your repretoire. How do you keep from choosing only songs that appeal to you. I’m not the worship leader but the percussionist, second guitar, harmonica and now learning violin. I want more than anything to be doing songs that help the congregation worship to the fullest extent. I don’t want the songs, praise team to get in the way of worship.

    Many years ago our church chose to go with a contemporary worship. We don’t have very many seniors but yet I feel sorry that they seldom get the songs they would prefer. I’m 55 and like it loud but I wouldn’t want the volume of the music to get in the way of worship either.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Marty

    • Marty,

      Thanks for stopping by and raising an excellent question. Here are a couple of factors I consider when choosing new music for our community of faith (not necessarily in any priority):

      Sing-ability – is the song congregationally accessible? can we grasp it the first or second time around?
      Lyrical Content – does the theological framework of the song match what we believe as a faith community?
      Musical Style – does the musical style reflect our demographic? while I appreciate Tommy Walker and Israel Houghton, the style doesn’t reflect our people.
      Play-ability – can our band and vocalists pull this off? Gungor is way cool; we simply can’t pull off much of his stuff.

      What would you add to this Marty? I would love to hear your thoughts.

      Can I add a note about volume? A contemporary approach doesn’t require huge volume. Are you familiar with the Hillsong Chapel project? Contemporary/Modern worship approach with scaled back musical arrangements.

      Stay connected…
      Terry

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