May 11, 2011
We are on an exciting journey in our worship services at Trinity Church, traveling through the desert with the Israelites, learning the lessons that God was teaching them by purposely leading them there after redeeming them out of Egypt. These are in fact the same lessons that we need to learn, realizing that all of us have been, will be or are now being led into the wilderness by our loving Heavenly Father for the purpose of transforming us into a people of unwavering faith, “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9 NIV). Our God is the same, yesterday, today and forever, and the wilderness is a place where we can learn to truly see him, know him and trust him more. Of course most of us aren’t being led to live in tents wandering around our local Mohave or Colorado Deserts. Our wilderness/desert experiences are more symbolic, times of waiting, wandering, tough times that we experience in this life. My prayer is that our worship services at Trinity over the next three months will indeed be a journey in itself, drawing us closer to our Lord and to each other as we sojourn together.
Here are a few features for our worship services that my worship planning team has planned to help us along the way.
1. Worshiping in the Desert. We will feature some Psalms that were written in the desert, giving us profound truth to cling to in hard times and an example of how we can worship God there. We have also created an iMix to accompany The Journey. (You can see and/or purchase The Journey Playlist through iTunes.) The chosen songs reflect in some way the themes and lessons that we are learning, and will give us a corporate voice to dialogue in worship with our Lord.
2. Faith Journeys. We will hear some stories from members of our congregation telling of how their faith has grown through walking with God through their desert experiences. Perhaps you may have a story that you would like to share. Please contact me if you do.
3. The Sinai Desert. We will use images of the Sinai desert so we can see the places where God led his people, hopefully helping us connect our journey to theirs.
4. The Journey Drama Series. We will spend some humorous moments with Cash and Erik, 2 friends wandering in the wilderness, wondering at the lessons God is trying to teach them there.
5. Logging the Journey. We hope to capture the highlights of our journey, most importantly the works that God is doing in our lives through this time together. Share these things with each other around the dinner table, out in the courtyard after the service, or personally with me through email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you’ve missed the first worship services of the series, you can catch up with the video or audio of Gary Inrig’s messages here.
See you along the way!