In the ancient church pastoral prayer was nonexistent. Prayer belonged to the people and arose out of the congregation.

-Robert Webber, Worship Is a Verb: Celebrating God’s Mighty Deeds of Salvation, Second Edition

Thinking through this as we include more time of open prayer at our church.  We read scripture and then pray through it, trusting that the Holy Spirit will guide our hearts and minds.  What do you think…thoughts?

The Road of Life

After talking to a number of people this week, I realized that the temptation is always to name the road of our life for our current circumstances, but biblical roads are named for their destination. Here’s the next story from the “Book of Mysteries” by Jonathan Cahn.

Joy in the Morning

My friend, Dan, gave me a book to read this year.  I’ve added it to my daily morning readings.  It’s called, “The Book of Mysteries” by Jonathan Cahn, who is a messianic Jew.  It’s set up like a story.  A man goes out to learn from a teacher in a small school in the desert.  Each day is another lesson from the teacher.  One of them connects with our theme of joy…let’s check out the “Night and Day Paradigm”.  If you’re been listening to Pastor Denny’s teaching for very long, it will sound familiar…

PHILIPPIANS 2 SPOKEN WORD

I wrote this for a specific worship service, but it’s didn’t fit.  However, it seemed to fit our NIGHT TO SHINE event that is happening tonight.  So, I wanted to share it.  We are also continuing our study looking at Jesus’ Divinity, Humiliation and Exaltation.  That makes it doubly relevant.  Here we go…

Living Out Joy

I’ve been thinking about the ways that we live out JOY in our lives.  One of the ways we do that as believer is through praising God.  That could be through singing, but it doesn’t have to be.  But when we PRAISE GOD, we are living our his role for us in creation AND finding a better quality of life.  Let’s talk and drive…

 

Spoken Word: If He Didn’t / But He Did

This past weekend, we finished our year-long study of 1 Corinthians.  Because we studied Ch 15 ever Easter, we skipped it now.  However, I wrote a spoken word piece paraphrasing the chapter.  We had three actors read it at the top of our service to provide continuity in our study and to lead us into Holy Communion.

Here is my attempt to give a new voice to 1 Corinthians 15:12-28.

IF HE DIDN’T/BUT HE DID

If some say Christ rose, how can you say, “no”?

If he didn’t rise, then Christ is still brought low.

If he didn’t rise, it doesn’t matter what we believe or say.

Even more, we are liars, for we preach, “Jesus, The Way”.

If he didn’t rise, the dead will stay dead.

If he didn’t rise, Christ lies on his tomb’s bed.

And if he didn’t rise, your faith is empty, you’re full of sin,

And those who have already been…

…are lost.

If only for now we hope in Christ, we’re pathetic…

…and we too are lost.

But

Christ has risen, he is the first who, in death, sleep.

For since a man damned us, a man will also raise us.

For since Adam killed us, so our Christ must

give us life, but him first then you and me.

And in the end, with all power and authority,

defeating all dominions with his final breath,

He hands the Father a kingdom, defeating even death.

Then the Father, who put everything under the Son,

will have His will done.

And the Son, will put everything under the Father

so we will see God is our history’s author.

Praise our God, three-in-one.

All glory to Christ, the Risen one.

Worship Stories: Adam&Eve

Adam & Eve worshiped from the instant they were created. But what do we mean when we say the word “worship”? Let’s tell an epic story and figure it out…

“Theology is the North Pole and art the South Pole of the Christian Life. Theology is the study of what God does and says; art is what people say and do in the entire context of what God says and does…. You can’t have one without the other…’”

-Eugene Peterson 1932-2018

Worship is Hope

Hope isn’t just a concept.  Hope is a person and his name is Jesus.  In a world that can seem very dark and hopeless, we need to remind ourselves and each other about the grace of Jesus.  Worship is one of the places we regularly do that…let’s talk…