Sermon: Hope Lives: Week 3
What an incredible morning. Today we conitnued our Hope Lives series and talked about extinguishing the spirit of poverty. I don't know about you, but I don't think of my self as being impoverished. However when you speak of poverty as hanging on to what you have for fear of losing it or having nothing... well, guilty. It is a well known fact among my friends that I like stuff. I love buying new toys. However, when you realize that with the money Americans spend in a year on ice cream we could nearly extinguish world hunger... that's a wake up call. As a challenge and response we encouraged people to give from their need- to give something they had right now. Tons of people walked out barefoot or without their jackets. It was a cool sight looking across the chairs and seeing people's stuff just laying there- people who wore their best and their nicest for church. I could see it in everyone's eyes that they didn't just hear words this morning, but that they understood that our world is not the world and that God is not impressed by our accumulation of wealth.
Let God Arise- Chris Tomlin- Key of B
Rescue- Michelle Weger- Key of G
Lead Me to the Cross- Brooke Fraser- Key of G
We transitioned Rescue into the bridge of Lead me to the Cross, so we went from "a hand that's reaching out to you," to "to your heart, lead me to your heart." It was a very fluid transition. This was also our first swing at Let God Arise- the band sounded great on this... if I could just remember all the words to a song once and a while... I'm sure glad it isn't about me or my abilities.
Also, David Ashley an artist who played for our coffee house last night stayed and shared with us this morning. It was awesome, he closed the service out with Waiting on the World to Change by John Mayer- which was very tasteful and timely. We were blessed to have him.
Tonight I got to lead worship with my sister- which was AWESOME!!! I hope she joins the carnival because she put a really good set together last night, full of new and old.
This post is part of Fred McKinnon's Sunday Set List