Vision for ECC Worship Arts Ministry

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2015 Golden Tape Awards

We sat around tables with sparkling seltzer (I just like to say that…) and shared a vision for what this year could hold as we try to bring God glory and help others worship.  I said, “Our goal this year is to passionately pursue God’s glory.  But first, I want to tell you a story…”

In September 1942, Dr. Viktor E Frankl, a Jewish neurologist and psychiatrist, was deported with his family to the Nazi Ghetto in Austria.  There Frankl worked as a general practitioner in a clinic. When his skills in psychiatry were noticed however, he was assigned to the psychiatric care ward and established a mental health care unit to help camp newcomers to overcome shock and grief.  Later he also set up a suicide watch.

2 years later, Frankl and his wife were transported to the Auschwitz concentration camp and then to another Nazi concentration camp affiliated with Dachau, where he arrived in October 1944.  There he spent five months working as a slave laborer.  In March 1945, he was offered a move to a camp hospital working as a physician until April 1945, when he was liberated by the Americans.

After the war, he wrote,

‘Being human always points, and is directed, to something, or someone other than oneself – be it a meaning to fulfill or another human being to encounter.  The more one forgets himself – by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love – the more human he is…’

Have you ever sensed that?  Your job won’t satisfy you.  A new car won’t satisfy you.  The next raise won’t satisfy you.  Playing music with a band won’t satisfy you.  Singing all the right notes won’t satisfy you.  Loving the Lord with your heart, soul, mind and strength is the only thing that will.  Seeking first the kingdom of God is the only thing that will.  Giving glory to God with your life is the only thing that will.

Our goal this year is to passionately pursue God’s glory.

But you might be wondering, how do we experience God’s glory?  What is God’s glory?  It’s a hard concept with multiple angles, but let me get there by asking you a few questions…

“When was the last time God pinned you to the mat with a fresh awareness of his size in comparison to yours?”**

That starts to get to the idea of God’s glory.  Our goal this year is to tell God’s story and help others worship.  When we do that, we give God glory.  Our goal is to point to God and not ourselves.  We want to say…

Look at God’s creation…isn’t God glorious?

Look at God’s story in the bible…isn’t God glorious?

Look at God’s purpose for humanity…isn’t God glorious?

Look at salvation in Jesus…isn’t God glorious?

Look at my new life in Jesus…isn’t God glorious?

Look at God’s heaven that is coming…isn’t God glorious?

Our goal this year is to passionately pursue God’s glory.

So my verse for the year is from Psalm 115:1 

Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.

**Content for this blog and quote were pulled from James McDonald’s book, “Vertical Church”It’s a great read!

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