This past weekend, a group from Christ Community and the Foundry travelled to Ft. Worth, TX to serve at Beautiful Feet. I wrote earlier this week on how amazed I was by the impact of seeing people saved – redeemed and made alive in Christ Jesus – and the way that they served. A second area that took has been impressed on my mind was the times of worship.
We gather together in the comfort of our churches after leaving the comfort of our homes. We have enough comforts that we can even complain about how we wish we had more. Whether we realize it or not, this has an impact on our worship. We very easily get a consumer-mentality that leads us to complacency and, sometimes, criticism. We know our need for a Savior, but most of our week’s see us taking care of ourselves.
I was amazed at the Feet to see those who are saved – not just those who have since found adequate jobs and housing – and the way that they respond during worship. They participate. They praise. They pray. There are those who have moved from the streets to ministering. When they need volunteers to work in the bathroom, they do not hesitate; rather, they quickly volunteer to serve even there (and as worship, no less).
There was one particular worship service where we sang songs that are largely singing direct portions of Bible, several of which are in our set for Sunday. What a joy it was to hear the variety of voices lifted up singing John 3:16 and 2 Corinthians 5:21! But it was also heart-wrenching to hear the desperation in some of the voices, pain in others, and sorrow, sadness and regret, too. As the kids say these days, it had me in my feelings. The morning that we read and sang Revelation 5:12-13…well, it’s safe to say that little sound byte gave us a little picture of what it will be to stand in the “great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9). I could get used to that.
Even in the worship that contained what we would normally see as negative emotions, there was beauty because in the worship God’s Spirit was evident. He was there because His Word was there. He was there because He dwells in the heart of His people. He was there for the joyous and for the sad. He was there for those who had more than they needed, those who had little-to-nothing; and He was all any of us needed.
May it be so for us this Sunday at Christ Community as we lift up our voices together in worship of our Savior King, Jesus Christ!
It is my prayer that our worship has that distinctly Colossians 3:16-17 look and feel about it.
Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
I pray that “the Word of Christ” can be lifted up in our midst – through our reading and our singing. I pray that hearing our brothers and sisters singing the Word around us can “admonish” us to follow it and have hope in Christ. I pray that the “psalms [singing Scripture] and hymns [singing doctrine] and spiritual songs [singing feelings, emotions, and worship from hearts touched by the grace, love, and mercy of God” stay on our hearts and minds and keep us mindful of Christ when we leave. And, finally, I pray we remember to be thankful – for what Christ has done in our lives and the lives of others, for who He is.
Here are our songs:
- John 3:16-17 —
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.
- God So Loved —
Scripture References/Inspiration for the Song: Matthew 11:28-30, John 7:37-38, John 4:7-15, Matthew 9:10-13, Psalm 28:6, Luke 13:29, John 6:35-40, Isaiah 58:11, Psalm 34:8-9, Proverbs 8:17, Jeremiah 29:13, John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 10:11-14, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 John 1:9, Psalm 55:22, Colossians 1:19-20, Colossians 2:13-14, Isaiah 40:11, Luke 15:20, John 14:3, Matthew 25:23, Revelation 20:14, 1 Corinthians 15:54-57, 3 John 2, Galatians 5:13-16, 1 John 4:9-10, Luke 2:14, Psalm 150, Psalm 17:7
- 2 Corinthians 5:21 —
For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
- Jesus Messiah —
Scripture References/Inspiration for the Song: 2 Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 2:8, Psalm 136:1, Acts 17:3, Luke 2:11, Philippians 2:9, Job 19:25, Isaiah 44:24, Matthew 1:23, Matthew 28:20, Isaiah 61:1, 1 Timothy 2:6, Philippians 2:10, Luke 22:19-20, Romans 5:5, Matthew 27:51, John 3:16, Romans 5:3-4, 1 Peter 1:3, Jude 25, John 8:12, Isaiah 59:1-2
- John 8:34-36 —
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
- Who You Say I Am —
Scripture References/Inspiration for the Song: Psalm 8:4, Luke 15:3-7, John 8:36, John 1:12-13, Romans 8:23, Colossians 2:14, John 8:34-35, John 14:1-3, 1 Peter 2:9, 1 Thessalonians 1:4, Hebrews 13:5, Romans 8:31-32
- Romans 5:1-5 —
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
- In Christ Alone —
Scripture References/Inspiration for the Song: John 14:6, Ephesians 5:8, Psalm 28:7-8, Psalm 40:3, Ephesians 2:19-22, Matthew 7:24-27, Romans 5:1-8, Joshua 1:9, 2 Timothy 1:7, 2 Corinthians 5:15, Galatians 2:20, 2 Corinthians 1:3-7, 1 Corinthians 15:28, Philippians 2:16, John 19:38-42, John 8:12, John 3:19-20, Acts 3:15, Acts 4:33, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, Romans 6:15-23, 1 Corinthians 15:54-57, Galatians 3:13, Revelation 21:3, Ephesians 1:7, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Romans 8:1-2, Romans 1:16, Deuteronomy 4:39, Psalm 115:3, Isaiah 43:13, Daniel 4:35, Ephesians 1:11, Matthew 16:17-19, Romans 8:35-39, John 10:28-30, Psalm 115:18, Revelation 5:9-13, Luke 9:23-26, Philippians 2:5-11
- (invitation) Redeemed —
Scripture References/Inspiration for the Song: Romans 6:16-20, John 8:34, Titus 2:14, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Matthew 11:28-30, Hebrews 12:1-3, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Matthew 27:1-5, Matthew 5:16, John 15:1-11, 1 Peter 2:12, Ezekiel 11:19, Romans 6:6, Colossians 3:10
We invite you to join us this Sunday at Christ Community Church in Grenada, MS!
We have two services Sunday morning!
- 8:00a for those who prefer greater social distancing and masks worn by all
- 11:00a for everyone else