Creation Celebration on 06.05.11

This weekend, we built the first 30 minutes of the worship service around the sounds, sights, and language of Creation.  NT Wright set the tone…

“…all the beauty of the world, the beauty that calls our admiration, our gratitude, our worth-ship
at the earthly level, is meant as a set of hints, of conspiratorial whispers, of clues and suggestions
and flickers of light,all nudging us into believing that behind the beautiful world is not random chance
but the loving God.”  (N.T. Wright, For All God’s Worth)

The brilliant video and production team set up an ENORMOUS (even by Willow’s standards!  ha!) screen in the center of the stage, and then created nearly 25 minutes of stunning, inspiring, breath-taking video of Creation, space, human beings, and other illustrations of God’s creative genius.
We turned off the IMAG (live video of the performers) and simply let the images, lyrics, and scripture guide us in worship.  It was a holy, heart-expanding, inspiring experience.

“Almighty and everlasting God, you made the universe with
all its marvelous order, its atoms, worlds, and galaxies, and
the infinite complexity of living creatures: Grant that, as we
probe the mysteries of your creation, we may come to know
you more truly, and more surely fulfill our role in your
eternal purpose; in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

(1) For the Beauty of the Earth – inspired by “Keep the Car Running” by Arcade Fire
(2) a quiet chorus of God of Wonders
(3) Indescribable – Becky lead us in this Tomlin song (written by Laura Story)

(4) What a Wonderful World – Sharon sang a haunting, gorgeous version of the Louis Armstrong classic, accompanied by stunning video of this “wonderful world”
(5) Psalm 8 – and then Sharon read a version of Psalm 8 (beautifully adapted by Deirdre JVR) and gave us space to wrestle with the simple but stunning truth:

“The Almighty, Eternal Creator of everything knows your name.”

After a minute or two of silence with this holy idea, we invited everyone to stand a bellow the old school hymn This is My Father’s World.

“If we are created in the image and likeness of God, then whatever good, true, or beautiful
things we can say about humanity or creation we can say of God exponentially.
God is the beauty of creation and humanity multiplied to the infinite power.”  (Fr Richard Rohr)

Honored to be a part of this with you all,

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 06.05.11 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience.

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