All the Poor and Powerless on 09.18.11

“For God was pleased to have all God’s fullness dwell in Jesus Christ, and through him to reconcile to God all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Col 1:19-20)

This weekend’s worship experience was built around the belief that through Jesus, God is restoring all things.  All the poor, all the powerless, all the lost, all the lonely…ALL of us have been invited into this Enormous River of Grace.   This Movement of Love.  This New Community.

We were all once aliens
And we’re all so full of sin
But in Jesus’ name we can enter in as citizens
A brand new family, old and young

So we wrestled with the question:  “Do we really believe that everyone is invited?”  Everyone?  Even murders and evil dictators?  Even politicians on the other side of the isle?   Even that family member that drives you crazy?  Even that person who hurt you so deeply a few years ago?

Does “For God so loved the world…” really mean the whole world?

We began with a really rowdy, double-drum-set-version of “How Great Thou Art” (with a little bit of “Everlasting God”).  If you’re an Arcade Fire fan, you’ll notice that we’ve “borrowed” their arrangement of “Rebellion” for this classic hymn.  This energy propelled us into God’s Children, which celebrates God’s inexhaustible love for every single person on earth.

But the heart of the set was All Sons and Daughters stunning song “All the Poor and Powerless”…

About half way through the song, we paused to spend some time listening and praying.  As God brought people’s faces to mind, we said the simple prayer:  “God, thank You for loving him;  thank You for inviting her.”  Over and over, as we pictured someone from our lives, we thanked God for loving and inviting them.  Some of these prayers were easy (people we love and respect), and some of them were absolutely painful (people we don’t like…even hate).   But with each whispered prayer, we humbly agreed with God’s love for every single person on earth.

After a few minutes in this holy space, Becky lead us back into the song, and we all stood and sang “We will sing out Hallelujah;  All will cry out Hallelujah!” at the top of our lungs.

“Here’s the story I’ll tell my friends when they come to worship, and punctuate it with Hallelujahs:  All the power-mongers are before him – worshiping! All the poor and powerless, too – worshiping! Along with those who never got it together – worshiping!”
(Psalm 22:22, 29, The Message)

How might our lives change if we saw ourselves as deeply loved sons or daughters of Almighty God?
How might our lives change if we saw every person we’ve ever met as deeply loved sons or daughters of the Almighty God?

We’ve all be invited to join God’s Divine Movement of Redemption.  All the poor and powerless, all the lost and lonely.  Let’s dive in with our entire lives!

In this with you,

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 09.18.11 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience.

One Response to “All the Poor and Powerless on 09.18.11”

  1. Is there any way to get ahold of a full copy of the upbeat version of God’s Children or do we have to wait for the CD release? Also, would LOVE to be able to get a version of your remix of How Great Thou Art. No one else does anything like it!! Thanks. Jim

    Posted by Jim Harding on 12/13/09 September 22nd, 2011 at 7:21 pm

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