During our gathering, we introduced a new song from the latest David Crowder Band release, “Give Us Rest.” If you haven’t downloaded this project yet, I would highly recommend you do so as it not only is a beautiful work of art from beginning to end, it also has a couple of great congregational songs. My favorite (this week) is a song called “Fall on Your Knees.” The song speaks of the wondrous activity of God on behalf of humankind and the kind of heart posture we might consider as our response to God’s goodness and mercy:
“He spoke and stars came out
He spoke and lighting flashed and thunder broke the quiet
He spoke and my heart, it burst to life
All this mystery divine
Fall on your knees
Forgiven and clean
Forgiven and free
Oh my God, oh my God
It’s too wonderful
It’s too wonderful.”
Borrowing an idea (and words) from Nancy Beach at Willow Creek Church, we hid pennies in various places throughout our worship space. I have to confess, it was fun to watch people discover the pennies. We framed the Crowder song with these thoughts:
Leader: I’m curious – did any of you find any pennies today as you were walking into our worship space? In the lobby area, around the coffee table, near your seats, we actually hid a few pennies. How many of you picked one up?
Reader: “For some reason I always ‘hid’ the penny at the roots of a sycamore, say, or in a hole left by a chipped-off piece of sidewalk. Then I would take a piece of chalk, and starting at either end of the block, draw huge arrows coming from both directions. And after I learned to write, I labeled the arrows: SURPRISE AHEAD or MONEY THIS WAY. I was greatly excited during all this arrow drawing at the thought of the first lucky passerby who would receive in this way, regardless of merit, a free gift from the universe.”
Years later, Annie reflected on her penny hiding.
Reader: “I’ve been thinking about seeing. There are lots of things to see, unwrapped gifts and free surprises. The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside from a generous hand. But—and this is the point—who gets excited by a mere penny? … It is dire poverty indeed when a man or woman is so malnourished and fatigued that they won’t stoop to pick up a penny. But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted in pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It is that simple. What you see is what you get.” (Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek).
Leader: The world is planted with pennies. I believe that our Creator has lavished this earth with wonder upon wonder. And God watches to see who will notice and who will give thanks and praise for those wonders.
Question: when is the last time you encountered the wonders of God and how did you respond?
Here is our complete worship flow:
- Raise My Voice (Robbie Seay Band)
- Hosanna (Paul Baloche)
- Because of Your Love (Paul Baloche)
- Wonder Reading
- Fall on Your Knees (David Crowder Band)
- Jubilee Promo
- Announcements and Offering
- The Heart of Worship (Matt Redman)
- Message: Speak Lord (1 Samuel 3)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.