11.6.11 Worship Confessional

“The webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfillment, and delight is what the Hebrew prophets call shalom... In the Bible, shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness and delight a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as its Creator and Savior opens doors and welcomes the creatures in whom he delights. Shalom, in other words, is the way things ought to be.”

These words from Cornelius Plantinga’s must read, Not The Way It Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin, have served as a centerpiece for our One.Life series. Today, as we explored the Justice.Life, I defined it as a life committed to the work of partnering with God and one another in establishing God’s shalom – on earth as it is (and will be) in heaven.

We wrapped the end of our message and gathering around the words of the prophet Micah:

“He has shown all you people what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? 
To act justly and to love mercy 
and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)

We lived into these words through both proclamation and song, closing our gathering with “You Have Shown Us” from Martin Smith and the Compassion Art project:

Our complete worship flow:

  • God Is Able (Hillsong)
  • Call to Worship: Isaiah 26:7-8
  • Not to Us/Here Is Our King (Todd Fields/Northpoint Arrangement)
  • Your Love Never Fails (Jesus Culture)
  • Prayer of Confession and Words of Assurance (Romans 8:31-39)
  • Announcements/Offering
  • Message: Justice.Life
  • You Have Shown Us (Compassion Art)
  • Benediction (from Micah 6:8)

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

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  1. Great verse (Micah 6:8) and great song.
    Bridget Willard recently posted..Friday Church 11/4/11 #SundaySetlists

    • Thanks for stopping by Bridget. I love what you are doing with your Friday night church.

      Are you familiar with Charlie Hall’s song based upon Micah 6:8? Any other good justice songs?

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