Weekend Reflections: Be Here Now on 9.11.10

I’ve always kind of viewed going back to school as a new beginning of sorts.  And since I’ve spent 21 years in school from Kindergarten to Graduate School, going back to school has always been something that’s part of my yearly rhythm.  That’s the time when I get back into a routine and start developing habits – hopefully all good habits.  Since September 11,12 was the first weekend after Labor Day and most everyone was back in their fall routines we wanted this weekend experience to be a chance for people to refocus, to recognize where they’re at personally/spiritually and then look for God to lead them as they develop some God-honoring routines in the weeks ahead.

The band and vocalists had a lot of help from our friends this weekend.  Blaine Hogan, our Creative Director, created a very powerful multi-sensory spiritual direction piece with Ryan Trommer, one of our gifted video editors.  We also had help from 75 of my closest friends…also known as the Willow Creek Choir.

We began with 2 songs, Let God Arise – a contemporary rock worship tune and Come Thou Fount – an arrangement of the centuries old hymn.  We wanted to begin by expressing our desire that God would come near; it was an invocation of sorts.  Then we invited people to be seated as we experienced Blaine’s piece entitled “Be Here Now”

Our creative team found this piece to be so moving.  How easy it is to go through the motions, unaware of how God is moving and what we may be doing that keeps us separated from God.  Even watching this clip again I’m moved all over again.

BE HERE NOW from blaine hogan on Vimeo.

Following this powerful piece we wanted to acknowledge that God was indeed in our midst.  Sharon passionately led us through the song God Is Here as we asked our ever-present God to speak to us.  We ended this chapter in our service with the song Invitation Fountain.  The crux of this song is a very simple, yet very powerful statement, “If you lead me, Lord, I will follow…where you lead me, Lord, I will go”.  What a powerful picture it is for a church to state that with one voice.

God, we pray that once again…where you lead us, Lord, we will follow…

Matt

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 09.13.10 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience.

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