Currently listening to High Flight Society, High Flight Society (props to my bro, Jerad Griffin), on my way back from seeing Living Sacrifice in Jacksonville, FL this evening. Here’s our set from this morning:
“God is Alive” [Fee and Kirkland] “Happy Day” [Tim Hughes] “It is Well” [Horatio Spatford w/ arr. and add. chorus by Todd Fields] “Nothing But the Blood (Your Blood)” [Matt Redman] “Jesus Paid It All” [trad. w/ add. chorus by Alex Nifong] Response: “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” [trad. w/ add. chorus by Tomlin, Giglio, Reeves]
Today was a great day of worship. Pastor Jay’s message on the Holy Spirit and our sin was right on and in our faces, and God’s people responded in a big way to the call to pray and seek God’s face, and to confess our sins. Pastor referenced a brochure that was used in the Chinese revival of 1938. It is a list of questions to search our hearts and see if we are harboring any sin. Wow. I don’t think I’ve experienced such searching and penetrating questions before. Here's the file (from www.basicministries.com): Revival_Prayer_List. After going through this list, the reality of how we are walking in the Lord is apparent. I think it would be healthy for each of us to examine ourselves so thoroughly on a regular basis.
As far as the worship in music portion of the service goes, there was a lot of energy this morning. I felt more prepared and confident in leading, as our preparation time was unhurried and sweet this morning. I love working with our band at Church at the Mall. We have so much fun together, and I think our camaraderie comes through as we lead together. We truly enjoy being around one another. Once we made the quick turnaround for setting up for our service, I had a sweet moment to breathe, pray, and recite some Scripture in my heart just before we began. I normally don’t have time for that, and I felt at ease and empowered as a result. It was a beautiful thing. I am going to make that time a priority from now on.
“God is Alive” continues to be a great song for our congregation. It is such a powerful and victorious lyric. It is perfect as we lead up to Easter. “Happy Day” was particularly fitting for the message this morning. We continued to teach “It is Well” this morning, and it seems to be catching on with the people. Todd Fields’ additional chorus is so appropriate for the hymn: “It is well, it is well/ Through the storm, I am held/ It is well, it is well with my soul/ It is well, it is well/ God has won, Christ prevailed/ It is well, it is well with my soul.” I love singing this lyric out.
“Nothing But the Blood (Your Blood)” has some beautiful language about the work of the cross, and it remains a favorite of mine when it comes to singing about the cross. We finished the set with “Jesus Paid It All,” with the additional chorus written by Alex Nifong. When we reached the final, additional chorus (“O praise the One who paid my debt, and raised this life up from the dead”), it felt like the place could erupt. There is so much truth and thanksgiving in that lyric, and it comes through in the way the people sing and express themselves in worship.
I can’t wait for next week. God continues to move in a powerful way, and I am privileged to be a part of it at Church at the Mall.
In the Son,
P.S. be sure to check out Sunday Set Lists at www.theworshipcommunity.com to see what other leaders did this weekend. God is moving in the Church!