Humble Walk went back to Midwinter Convocation this AM and led a follow-up to yesterday. (Want to know what we did? See below). Let it be known that a few weeks ago, Justin and I put a call out for a creative think tank gathering to plan this event. All I did was show up. Actually, I came straight from leading a weekend retreat to this creative planning meeting. So, when I say I only showed up--I meant it. I was there physically, but completely a zombie. I am so thankful for the gifted creative genius folk around here. Not only that, but they begin with the bible text and let that guide the process. (Makes this dorky little pastor heart flutter) Nate Houge (wow, he is HOT) conceived that big box, built it in our garage, hauled it to and from Luther. He's a big thinker and gets shit done. I married up.
Let us lead worship--and guess what--you WILL participate. Don't want to? Just want to sit this one out? A bit too uncomfortable? HA. We laugh in the face of non-participation. Liturgy is the work of the people, after all. Thanks for allowing us to put you to work this AM. Good sports, those pastors.
I'd also like to confess that our greeting "Wherever you are on your journey of faith--God meets you here" is a complete rip-off from Pastor Kara Root and the good folks at Lake Nokomis Presbyterian. Humble Walk begins each worship service with this greeting (which we learned from Lake N.) And, my friend Jamie Schultz told me "we are asked to do hard things--but so what, we can do hard things." (Which you will hear word for word in the prayers).
Thursday Morning Prayer
Prior to worship, we open up the box and tape all the cards to the outside. It sits in the back by the font so that people see it and walk by it as they enter.
Order of worship
Songs (Paperless) (Call and response, no need to print)
Good morning and to leaders from far and wide, welcome. We believe that wherever you are on your journey of faith, God meets you here. We begin worship in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
The Lord be with you. (And also with you).
Let us pray, God, our lives are filled with unknowns, uncertainties, fear. All of that is real. At the same time, help us also see that we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken. Amen.
Scripture: Hebrews 12: 1-2, 28-29
Therefore, since we are surrounded by
so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us also lay aside every weight
and the sin that clings so closely,
and let us run
with perseverance the race that is set before us,
the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who
for the sake of the
that was set before him endured the cross,
disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right
hand of the throne of God.
Therefore, since we are receiving
a kingdom that cannot be shaken,
let us give thanks,
by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with
reverence and awe;
our God is a consuming fire.
Hebrews 12: 1-2, 28-29
Drawing on the Word “If you would turn your bulletin over so that you see Hebrews 12. We are going to take the next few minutes in silence as we do something called Drawing on the Word. Take that quite literally—circle words or lines that jump out at you. Write questions in the margins. Or draw pictures.”
Hymn: Crown Him With Many Crowns
Prayers of People
Yesterday, we were enveloped in a cloud of mystery, uncertainties. We asked you to write down all those anxieties and unknowns on cards and place them in this box. Today, we are shifting from a cloud of confusion to a cloud of witnesses.
We are going to crowdsurf this box around this community. Over our heads. Your arms are going to get tired. It's going to be uncomfortable. You might not even want to do it. This box is strategically designed so that you actually can't pass it alone. Well, you could maybe do it alone—but you will look ridiculous trying to carry the load alone. You need one another to do it. You might have to move in closer to help one another.
As it passes by, take a card from the outside. For the coming week, you are charged with the task of praying for whatever is written on that card. Thereby, actively participating in this great cloud of witnesses.
Abiding Christ, we know you are with us. Our education and our experience tells us you are here. But we forget so easily. Quite frankly, it feels easier to just do things on our own. Our way. On our time line. Loan rangers have their place, Lord. Dictators gets stuff done. Managers are effective. But this morning we hear that you not only send us, but you go along with us. You command us to love but first empower us to love. Help us recognize that we do not function alone, that we are not in charge, that we are not in control. Lord, in your mercy
Abiding Christ, we are surrounded by
this great a cloud of witnesses,
help us lay aside every weight, worry, burden, anxiety
and the sin that clings so closely,
and let us run. Okay, so maybe not all of us are meant to run. How about roll, stroll or walk with purpose? and
perseverance the race that is set before us,
Looking to Jesus.
Looking to Jesus.
Lord, in your mercy
Abiding Christ, you have asked to do hard things. As it turns out, we can do hard things. Lord, in your mercy
We lift these prayers and the concerns of our hearts to you, trusting in your great mercy. In Christ we pray, Amen.
Sending song When It Seems the Day Will End (written by Justin Rimbo)
Dismissal: Go in peace and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.