“Ufanelw’ Ukudunyiswa” on 4.28.13

This weekend was the second week of Willow’s Celebration of Hope.  I love Celebration of Hope because it reminds me that as Christ-followers, we are called to join God in what God is doing to redeem the entire world…not just our own individual lives.  Such a helpful and beautiful reminder.

After beginning with a wonderful corporate prayer, Becky lead us into the sweeping “Revelation Song”.  Not many songs help our community get focused on the Almighty God better than this song.  We then launched into an especially driving version of “God’s Children” that helped us celebrate God’s LOVE for every single person on earth.  After God’s Children…

You can get this CD for free at Willow next week, or download it for free HERE.

After this celebration, I got to tell about a wonderful South African women we met named Nosimo.  Her story was inspiring, heartbreaking, and deeply challenging to me because she embodied Paul’s words in Philippians 4 better than I could ever dream…

“…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Paul’s words in Phil 4:11-13)

And so we spent a few moments in silence, mediating on this scripture, repenting,  and praying “God, please teach me the secret of true contentment. Please help me to be more like our sister Nosimo. May Your will be done in me.”

This holy space quietly guided us into Matt Redman’s inspired song “Blessed Be Your Name”. We stood and sung from our toes.

What a joy it was to be lead in worship and challenged to be more like Christ by some of our South African brothers and sisters.  They have taught us and blessed us in ways they’ll never know.  Praise God.


Posted by Aaron Niequist on 04.30.13 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience.

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