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1 Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord; praise the name of the Lord. 2 Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time on and forevermore. 3 From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised. 4 The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. 5 Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, 6 who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? 7 He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap, 8 to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people. 9 He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord! [NRSV]
Praise the Lord!
Call to the crowd, now is the time to praise.
Bless the Name, now and always
Start at sun up until you sleep
God is AUTHOR and all authority,
In Heaven and on earth
Cheer: Who is like our God, who is at the highest high?
Response: God who is way up there raises the poor from the dust,
Lifts the needy from the ash heap
Makes them sit with princes and kings
He gives life and make our hearts and homes fruitful and meaningful
I introduce to you a topic we will study and practice for years to come:
Worship too often is twisted around 180 degrees.
If you every hear someone say, “I just didn’t get anything out of worship.”
If you every hear someone say, “ I didn’t care for the music or the sermon.”
If you every hear someone say, “I need to find worship that makes me feel good or even my toes stepped upon.”
These are examples that worship has been flipped upside down and backwards.
Worship is not about the preacher, its not about the musicians, it is not about the congregation.
Worship is about God.
It is both a time and a place to direct ourselves toward God
It is a time to gather for God’s benefit and not our own.
Worship is putting the REALITY of our hearts into the hands and heart of God.
Sometimes we bring to God our poverty, brokenness and weakness.
Sometimes we bring to God our celebration, love and devotion.
Always it is God’s people coming to connect and give ourselves, our gifts and our futures to God.
Is placing our hearts, empty or full on the alter of God and becoming a living sacrifice through Jesus Christ.
Is coming together as unique individuals with differing depths of relationship to God and sitting together as fellow heirs in the court, together as son and daughters of the God.
Is putting our life on the line each time we gather in this place to be both strong and vulnerable. Bringing our faithfulness and our failures. Offering out sweat-equity and in-equities to be used through God’s Spirit in this world.
Worship the primary way we show our praise of God
Is putting our hearts on the line, that God and God’s people in trust and with integrity.
Passionate Worship is doing the Spiritual HokyPoky and putting our whole self in God’s hand…
Passionate Worship is not counting the minutes until we are done, rather counting the minutes until we are here again.
Is our Worship Passionate?
This is our home work.. Tell one person this week, Name one thing you bring to worship that pleases God, and explain why.
Just Keep ‘IT’ to Your Self
- For some the default is to take this parable’s teaching to the extreme.
- These folks will keep their mouths and hearts closed so tightly that prefer to err on the side of not speaking, rather than say the wrong thing.
- But what does it feel like to keep something inside, something that should not eat at your own heart for keeping quiet.
Yes, there is a place for confidence, trust and secrets.. these are not what the parable is addressing.
- Jesus is teaching about what needs to be shared or told.
Think about the things that have come out of your mouth in the last 24 hours: There are a sets of tools that help us learn to communicate well.
- Some tools prevent good. For example when we focus on blame, sarcasm, and assumptions that close hearts, minds and doors.
- Some tools are information only. Details, information, facts and figures, which in theme selves are not communication, but can either help or hinder what we say.
- Finally there are tools and methods that promote good conversation. When we hear from the other person’s perspective, when we let others know we hear them independent of judging them. When we work toward agreement that is not coerced.
- The catch is that we generally carry more tools from the first bag of resources and give up before we reach the third one.
If you have visited a National Park website lately, you will find new educational resources that give a more afro-centric account about the significance of historical markers and events at the park. Now, this is a tricky business. Because the task is not to re-write history, rather to add more voices to complete the pictures we have of our common history.Jesus is primarily talking, not about politics, rather our faith message to the world:
- We have almost no religious restrictions on our diets. The only one has been a request of Methodist to choose to abstain from drinking alcohol. “I thought we were the all things in moderation church?, aren’t we?” Technically we are not. Our history recognized when society abuses a substance to the degree it affects not only the individual person but the whole society, it would be best to make personal choices to avoid it’s use.
- If we take the same model, and think of how sugar, salt, processed and modified food, on the same grounds we should also abstain from these items. So when out Baptist friends try to tell us that the wine that Jesus consumed was somehow watered down, remind them that Jesus himself turned water into wine, that was the very best the professional sommelier, wine steward, had ever tasted.
- If it is for judgement and condemnation that we demean and divide people because of any substance, then we have allow a ‘thing’ to become more important that the person. That is Idolatry.(a whole other sermon)
So if our lesson is..
- not to simply keep quiet,
- not to say whatever comes to our mind
- not to twist the words of others
- not to use words to judge or condemn
What IS it we are suppose to get?
This is why Peter speaks up to ask for clarification.. give us the Cliff NotesTM Jesus.
Jesus gets to the heart of the matter.
- First, physical things go the way of what is physical.
- Our Words come from the heart… that is what matters.
- Sometimes our words are untrue or insincere and they are only good for the sewer..
Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
The disciples and the people would have known this verse by heart.
Jesus gives a list of the terrible things that can come from our heart, even if we don’t speak the words aloud:
evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, lying, slander
vs what our heart could say:
goodness, healing, respect, love, sharing, truth, and support.
Here is ‘THE’ Question:
What is the world hearing from your heart?
- Is your heart silent?
- Open Up! Speak Out Clear!
- Is your heart screaming Anger, Fear, Judgement, Control
- Stop talking, hear what those around you are saying.
- Is your heart speaking God’s voice!
- Praise the Lord!