Weekend Reflections: I Want Jesus to Walk With Me on 11.7.10

The focus of this weekend’s worship experience was the spiritual “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me”.  I absolutely love this song.  Like many in this great tradition, it taps into the deep ache of being human in such a broken world…which we all share, don’t we?

But first we began by focusing our attention upward toward God.  “For the Beauty of the Earth” is an old hymn that we’ve re-imagined through the eyes of Arcade Fire (the greatest band on earth!).  Hopefully this arrangement captures the energy and passion of such stirring lyrics.  This launched us into “Matchless”, by Troy Hatfield.  Troy is the worship leader at Mars Hill church and one of my closest friends, and his song helps expand my view of God every time we sing it!

From this place, Sharon and the mighty Willow choir pastored us all through a breathtaking version of  “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me”.  Here’s a video from Thursday night’s rehearsal…

We then moved into a few quiet moments to listen and pray.  Whether in troubles or sorrows (like the song says), or thankful celebration, or in deep need of wisdom and help…we took a minute to humbly ask Jesus to walk with us.  Sometimes the most powerful moments with God happen in complete silence.  (I had two passages from scripture that I planned to read at the Saturday night service – Luke 11:9-13 or Col 1:15-20 – but honestly, I was so moved by the song that all I could really say was “Let’s pray together and ask Jesus to walk with us…”)

From this holy space, Shawn lead us into “Hear Our Prayer”, the soulful worship song written by our own Stephen Kelly.  By the time these honest lyrics – “Restless soul, hopeless heart, torn by guilt, torn apart…” – built and erupted into “From within, break the chains, we believe freedom reigns!”, we were having ourselves some church with a capital C!

For the last two weekends, we’ve been exploring the reality that Jesus will walk with us through any season or situation.  This never ceases to blow me away.  His grace and patience and love are inexhaustible and constantly close.  Is there anything stopping you from fully throwing open the door and inviting God into every corner of your life?  What holds you back?  Where do you most need Jesus to walk with you?  May today be the day…

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me…Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life…” (Psalm 23)


Posted by Aaron Niequist on 11.07.10 under Lead Worship, Songs, Weekend Experience.

7 Responses to “Weekend Reflections: I Want Jesus to Walk With Me on 11.7.10”

  1. Great worship run today. Having this behind the scene video of a “God moment” song is fantastic. I predict I will be back to this site to play this video many times more just to take me back to that moment. Thanks, Aaron, musicians, team, choir, etc.

    Posted by Ted Allen Miller on 12/13/09 November 7th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

  2. Thank you Thank you for this new site from Willow, from one who was there in the theater days and now has become a snow bird, I absolutely love being able to connect with Willow this way.

    Posted by Nancy Armas` on 12/13/09 November 7th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

  3. Nice job, Aaron (& team). What a great idea!

    Posted by George Stoms on 12/13/09 November 7th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

  4. 1st comment Wahoo!

    Love what you are doing here, this could be something special. I love the worship time at Willow and think it is getting better all the time. Each of you are so gifted and have worked hard to perfect your talents. Very commendable.

    Can you post the music so that we can play the songs at home?

    Personally I am always trying to find the bigger more powerful worship experience and struggle with the personal, quiet or individual worship.


    Posted by Luke on 12/13/09 November 8th, 2010 at 1:57 am

  5. I have asked many times for there to be more variety in the worship music. I love all genre, however, I am African American and sometimes miss more soulful worship music. Well lately Willow has been really doing just that. Please continue to include not just Christian Rock, but Gospel, Country, Classical even. I have been MOVED and consider the music as part of the service and worship not just a song. THANK YOU worship team!!!!

    Posted by Lorraine Haye on 12/13/09 November 10th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

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