Love and Pain on 03.06.11

Last weekend, Bill asked the question: “How bad would your life have to get for you to turn your back on God?” He walked through the story of both Habakkuk and Job, and invited us all to wrestle with some deep questions. We attempted to bookend this experience with two worship experiences…

For such a rich, honest, and more melancholy topic, we decided to build all the music around a string quartet.  Steve Myers created absolutely stunning arrangements that helped us soar, mourn, and cry out to God.  And the brilliant quartet played their guts out.  To stay out of their way as much as possible, we trimmed the band down to piano, bass, and a kick/snare/hat drum set.

After the quartet played a gorgeous Bach pre-service, Sharon called us to worship with a call-and-response reading.  Her spirit and humility set the tone for the entire service:  this is a gathering of the family of God. She then lead us into a Mary J Blige inspired version of “Thank You (Your Love is Everywhere)”.  Download the original here.

After singing a quick chorus of “God’s Children” – a new song that we just finished recording – Shawn and the string quartet guided us into a four minute meditation on God’s incredible love.  This was the most beautiful version of the hymn “The Love of God” I’ve ever heard.  (Steve’s a genius.)

After dwelling on how good God is and how much He loves us, it seemed only right to sing “…So how can I show You that I’m thankful?  You’ve been so generous to me…” and launch into “Changed”.  Watch the Blaine Hogan video for it here.

To prepare for Bill’s message (called “Finding Courage:  Live Faithfully”), we spent a few minutes praying through Habakkuk 3:17-19…

Following the message, we invited our community to sing the classic Matt Redman anthem “Blessed Be Your Name”…beginning with the words of Job:

“You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name”


Posted by Aaron Niequist on 03.11.11 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience.

One Response to “Love and Pain on 03.06.11”

  1. Thanks Aaron. I think there were some other songs (parts of them) that you included in the 2nd set (after Bills sermon). What were they? I wanted to put a playlist together with those specific songs. They were just what I needed.

    Posted by Karin on 12/13/09 March 12th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

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