During the season of Lent our community of faith is walking through a series of worship gatherings called, “Engage.” We are seizing the opportunity to engage in five spiritual practices that we believe will be most formative in our journey toward Christlikeness. These practices are: Scripture, prayer, serving, Sabbath and examen.
Yesterday we engaged prayer. I must confess that prayer is the most mysterious of the five practices to me personally. If God already knows what we need, why pray? Do our prayers actually change anything? How do we measure success in our prayer life?
I found these words from Ruth Borrows instructive for my own prayer journey:
“Prayer has far more to do with what God wants to do in us than with our trying to “reach” or “realize,” still less ”attain” God in prayer. This truth eliminates anxiety and concern as to the success or non-success of our prayer, for we can be quite certain that, if we want to pray and give the time to prayer, God is always successful and that is what matters.”
Yesterday we introduced a new song to our community called “Dwell.” This powerful song by Aaron Keyes and Jess Cates is based upon Psalm 91 and before we sang the song we spent some time prayerfully reflecting on the words of Psalm 91. As we read through the stanzas of the psalm, we used verse one as a refrain: “whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. They say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1). Check out a beautiful acoustic version of the song at Worship Together’s New Song Cafe.
Here is our complete worship flow:
- Your Love Never Fails (Jesus Culture)
- Call to Worship: “A journey, a pilgrimage! Yet, as we begin it, as we make the first step into the bright sadness of Lent, we see – far, far away – the destination. It is the joy of Easter, it is the entrance into the glory of the kingdom.” (Alexander Schmemann)
- Marvelous Light (Charlie Hall)
- Reflection on Psalm 91
- Dwell (Aaron Keyes)
- Interview with Carole Craft on Prayer
- Commissioning our Gulf Coast Team
- Announcements and Offering
- Message: Engage Prayer
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this past weekend in worship at The Worship Community.