Yesterday we begin a new series of worship gatherings called “Echoes of a Voice.” This theme is taken from the writings of NT Wright in his book, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense and he describes echoes as signposts along the way on our journey toward spiritual truth. The four signposts we will be exploring in this series are the echoes of justice, beauty, spirituality and relationships. He writes, “I’m talking about voices that I believe virtually all human beings, in virtually all cultures, listen for and know, but are puzzled by.”
Our focus yesterday was the echo of relationship and I love how Wright describes this echo, especially in light of the heart of God:
“The call to relationship, and the sad rebuke for our failures at it, can be heard together as echoes of a voice. The voice is reminding us of who we really are. It may even be offering us some kind of rescue from our predicament. We can already tell enough about that voice that we would know its owner if we met it. Its owner would be one who was totally committed to relationships of every sort—with other human beings, with the Creator, with the natural world. And yet that owner would share the pain of the brokenness of each of these relationships. One of the central elements of the Christian story is the claim that the paradox of laughter and tears, woven as it is deep into the heart of all human experience, is woven also deep into the heart of God.” (NT Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense, 38).
As a lead-in to the message we did a song from the Jason Mraz song, I Won’t Give Up. Here’s the bridge and chorus:
I don’t wanna be someone who walks away so easily
I’m here to stay and make the difference that I can make
Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use the tools and gifts we got Yeah, we got a lot at stake
And in the end you’re still my friend, at least we did intend for us to work
We didn’t break, we didn’t burn
We had to learn how to bend without the world caving in
I had to learn what I’ve got, and what I’m not
And who I am.
I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up
Question: How often do you use secular songs in your worship gatherings? What kind of grid do you use to evaluate their appropriateness?
Here is our complete worship flow:
- Here Is Our King (David Crowder Band)
- Wholly Yours (David Crowder Band)
- Reading of Psalm 51
- Silent Prayers of Confession
- White Flag (Passion)
- Announcements and Offering
- I Won’t Give Up (Jason Mraz)
- Reprise: I Won’t Give Up
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this past weekend in worship at The Worship Community.