Celebration of Hope on 04.10.11

New Doxology (Gateway Worship)
You’ll Come (Brooke Fraser)
God’s Children (Aaron Niequist)
Mighty to Save (Ben Fielding & Reuben Morgan)

To me, one of the most exciting seasons of our church are the three weeks of Celebration of Hope. Our church gets to tangibly be the hands and feet of Christ to a broken and needy world. We get to pack seeds that will harvest great crops for villages. We get to roll up our sleeves and help build homes of shelter and safety for families. We get to join the millions of people in the world who only get to eat small portions of grains and beans, so that our hearts would be opened to the plight of the poor. I love it so much.

This past weekend we kicked off COH week 2. In the opening worship set it was my hope to really align the language of the songs we sing with the message of Celebration of Hope.

We first started off by singing together “Praise God from whom all blessings flow…” He truly is where all blessings come from, and so we spent time lifting our thanks to God. Then we moved into one of my favorite songs “You’ll Come”. My favorite part is the bridge, which declares may “chains be broken, lives be healed, eyes be opened. Christ is revealed”. Through Christ who reconciled Himself to us, we can now be reconciled to one another. We can help break chains, bring healing, bring restoration.

Then we turned a bit of a corner, recognizing that every person on earth is important to God. We are all God’s children. 1 John 3:1 says “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” The chorus to “God’s Children” so gets at the heart of this passage:

“Oh, You love Your children. Every daughter, every son.
Oh, You love Your children, all Your children. Help us see You in each one.”

We ended by singing “everyone needs compassion, a love that’s never failing”. Everyone. Every child of God.

Let’s close with this passage to reflect upon:

“Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.”
Isaiah 58:6b-7

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 04.12.11 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience.

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