Meditations while planning worship for Sunday, November 22, 2020
Sermon Series: Stewarding the Life We’ve Been Given
Sermon Title: Life As A Race
Primary Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
I love planning worship…intentional worship. I believe that when all of the different movements of a worship service speak to each other, speak to the theme of the sermon, and speak to where people may find themselves on that day, walls are broken down and the Holy Spirit has more space in our minds and hearts to move.
Now…prepare to read the words “good” or “goodness” a ton!
This Sunday we wrap up our stewardship series and I have chosen to start the service this week by focusing the congregation on the goodness of God. I don’t know about you, but if I am being honest, I find myself emotionally and mentally exhausted. It is no secret that 2020 has been hard, and sometimes I fail to remember that God is present, God is working, and God is so very good. So why not take some time to remind myself and the congregation? Life itself is a blessing, it is a gift, and we are tasked to be good stewards of it. So in the first minutes of the service we will reflect on God’s goodness, the goodness of this gift of life, and challenge each other to remember- Remember that He is good, that we are loved, and in order to be good stewards, we need to use every breath that we have to declare our Father’s goodness to the world that is in much need of that message.
Song 1: Good, Good Father
Song 2: Goodness of God
Pastor Dave will then lead us by looking at 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. When preparing for this service the verse that stuck out to me the most was verse 26 where we read “Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.” In this statement there is passion, there is strength, there is focus. I read of the importance of knowing what you want for life and how to be a good steward of it. When I compared these thoughts to our music library there was one song that stuck out to me. This “feel” of this song is as strong as the images painted in this scripture. The lyrics of this song are a declaration to build our life on God and to not be shaken. It reminds us that God is worthy of our praise, and that we are to live for God FIRST…that is how to win the race!
Song 3: Build My Life
Let’s work together to build our lives in the right place, and be good stewards of it. Happy racing.