The surest thing I took away from my BSW, MSW, and Ph.D. in social work is this: Connection is why we’re here. We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering.
What we know matters, but who we are matters more. Being rather than knowing requires showing up and letting ourselves be seen. It requires us to dare greatly, to be vulnerable. (Brene Brown, Dare Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead)
This morning we kicked off the new year with a series of teachings on our Five Ways of Being. Connecting with God, one another and our world is at the heart of our community and today we focused on developing a Christ-like attitude in our relationships with one another. We spent time in one of my favorite texts of Scripture, Philippians 2, a beautiful word that centers on the humility of Christ.
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had.
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a human being, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:6-11)
Jesus demonstrated a potent vulnerability by setting aside life in the divine community, entering into our world as one of us, and by exhibiting an obedient life that lead him to a cross. And the result of his vulnerability is that Jesus has been exalted to the highest place!
Here is our complete worship flow:
- Not to Us (Chris Tomlin)
- Your Grace Is Enough (Matt Maher)
- A Call to Wonder (Reading from Margaret Feinberg’s Wonderstruck and Ephesians 1:15-23)
- Everything in Color (Ben Cantelon)
- White Flag (Chris Tomlin)
- Introduction and Commissioning of Dave Bindewald
- Gulf Coast Invitation
- Announcements and Offering
- Message (Attitude)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced in worship this weekend at The Worship Community.