Worship reflections are my musings about the worship services at First MB Church.
This was the third installment of our ‘Amazing Race’ series, which is a blaze through the entire Bible in seven weeks. This week, our pastor taught about the ‘wisdom & poetry’ books (Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon), spending a little extra time on the story of Job. We also took the Lord’s Supper together, which is an every-other-month thing for our church.
‘Blessed Be Your Name’ (Redman)
‘Mighty to Save’ (Laura Story arr.)
Lord’s Supper (songs: ‘You are My King’ and ‘Your Name’)
offering: ‘The Word is Alive’ (Mark Hall & Steven Curtis Chapman)
Songs emphasizing the sovereignty of God? the story of Job? as potential vehicles for processing the many thoughts and emotions we’re all feeling during this week of the Haiti crisis? Yeah. You can’t plan stuff like that.
In thinking about this series, I searched for songs about the scripture as a whole, which is how I found ‘Word is Alive’, recorded by Casting Crowns. I had not heard this song before, but it is powerful. Vocalists Greg & Dani did a great job singing it, and the band did a great job bringing the power. Projected the words over this video loop, which fit beautifully. (Listen to entire song.)
I leave you with the lyrics (by Mark Hall & Steven Curtis Chapman)…
Looking out from His throne, the Father of light and of men,
Chose to make himself known to show us the way back to Him.
Speaking wisdom and truth into the hearts of peasants and kings,
He began to unveil the Word that would change the course of all things.
With eyes wide open all would see…
The Word is alive
and it cuts like a sword through the darkness
with a message of life to the hopeless and afraid,
breathing life into all who believe.
The Word is alive
and the world and its glories will fade,
but its truth it will not pass away
it remains, yesterday and forever the same
The Word is alive.
Simple strokes on a page, eternity’s secrets revealed
Carried on from age to age, it speaks truth to us even still.
And as the rain falls from the heaven, feeds the earth before it returns,
Lord, let your Word fall on us and bring forth the fruit You deserve
With eyes wide open let us see…