Jesus is the Center of the Center on 1.9.11

Last weekend, we decided to build the entire worship experience around Colossians 1:15-20.  I love this text because it reminds us that the center of the center is Jesus Christ.  He is the foundation of existence, the path of eternal life, the source of all creation, the example we try to follow, etc… Why do we gather together?  Jesus.  Why do we serve the poor?  Jesus.  Why do we forgive our enemies?  Jesus.  He is the cause, the means, and the ends.  Jesus Christ is, as my friend loves to say, “reality at it’s most raw.”

We kicked off the gathering with a tribal, percussive version of the old hymn “Our Great Savior”, and then launched into a new 80s funk version of the spiritual “Turn Me Around”.  Here’s a little clip…

After “marching on to freedom land”, we turned our attention to the Colossians text.  Sharon read the entire passage, and then she and Becky sang the phenomenal Scott Dyer song “He Was”.  Scott wrote this song during his time at Willow, and it became a huge favorite of that season.  (Singing background on it was actually the first time I ever sang alone at Willow Creek.  I was SO nervous!).  Here is the performance from the 11:15am service…

After letting this song wash over and remind us of the depth and width of who Jesus was and is, we responded with a short journey of scripture and song:

Greg read Col 1:16-17
Center“O Christ, be the center of our lives…”
Becky read Col 1:18
Center (part 2)
Don read Col 1:19-20
In Christ Alone“Till He returns or calls me home, here in the love of Christ I’ll stand”
Closing prayer, in Jesus name

Something powerful and unexplainable happens when we simply focus on Jesus.  I know that sounds simplistic, but I can’t shake it.  What if we lived every moment of our lives with Jesus at the center of our thoughts and motives and actions?  Really?  Just imagine how He could use us to bless the world and help “His will be done on earth as in Heaven?”

“For the eyes of the LORD search throughout the earth to strongly support those whose hearts are completely His.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)


Posted by Aaron Niequist on 01.12.11 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience.

3 Responses to “Jesus is the Center of the Center on 1.9.11”

  1. Thanks for posting this. Great time of worship.

    What chords was Becky playing for In Christ Alone? It looked like some weird d-chord and something else.

    Can you teach us to play some songs over here?

    Posted by Luke on 12/13/09 January 12th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

  2. i remember when you guys first sang this song (your hair was a bit longer then!!!) deeply moving then- deeply moving now- SO great that you brought it back!

    Posted by karen on 12/13/09 January 16th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

  3. Thank you for this song! It has ministered to me since I heard you do it at he service and now I can re-experience it here. To God be the Glory.

    Posted by Troy on 12/13/09 January 23rd, 2011 at 1:47 pm

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