Worship Companion – August 29 2020

Theme: Living a Faithful Christian Life
 
 
Living like Jesus… it’s easier said than done. We’re all on a path of following Jesus, much like in the story of Pilgrim’s progress. The whole point of following Jesus is to BECOME more like him. When we become more like Jesus, we actually become more like the people we were meant to be. 
 
Have a look at this week’s anchor texts. Read, and then re-read each of them. This process of waiting on God and letting His word sink into our hearts is an important part of learning to discern the voice of God!
 
 
 
Anchor Texts:
 
 
Summary
 
Have you ever gone from a mountain-top experience (something amazing happening to you) to a deep-valley experience really quickly?
The Apostle Peter certainly did! Sometimes we walk away from the truth, even after facing it head on. He seemed to see co clearly who Jesus was, and an instant later, we find Jesus correcting him in the strongest terms as Peter’s own ideas run far from Christ’s intentions.
 
Paul’s words in Romans are a challenge to each one of us. No matter how well we think we are living, the colle of Christ is higher and more beautiful. This isn’t meant to make us feel bad or incapable. It’s a picture of the loving community that Christ’s rule inaugurates. We’re not there yet, but we have a beautiful goal and the Living God draws us day-by-day in this direction.
 
We’ll start with Art this week, and the first painting
 
 
The Theme in Art:
 

“Get Thee Behind Me, Satan” Painted between 1886 and 1894 Artist: Tissot, James, 1836-1902

Peter is literally stunned backward by the strength of Jesus’ rebuke here. The Kingdom is on the line – Jesus will take no chances with being misunderstood on this point. The Kingdom of God enters the world through the suffering of the Messiah for the sake of the World. It continues through the people of the Jesus who take up their cross like him and live and love sacrificially each day.
 

Name: “Light For Others Building: St. Mary’s Object: Stained glass City/Town: Melton Mowbray Country: Great Britain

One of the most powerful symbols in the Bible is Light. God is light, Jesus shines God’s light on us, we are called to be lights. We resonate with this so deeply because the darkness is a source of fear and uncertainty to each one of us, no matter our age. We all deeply feel the need for light. Without it, there can be no life!
When we live like Jesus (John 14:15), in the power of the Spirit of Jesus (John 16:14) then we shine with the light of Christ (Matt 5:14). 
 
The Theme for Kids:
This week we have a lesson in living like Jesus coming to us from Crossway Kids online. There is a quiz, an activity (have some markers, a pair of scissors, and a piece of paper handy!) and a challenge. Give it a try as a whole family!
Most importantly, pay attention to how these fun things help teach us how to live like Jesus!

 
 
The Theme in Song:
Finding a song that really wrestles through a text like Romans 12 wasn’t easy! This hymn is new to me, and the version below is absolutely beautiful. I’ve included the lyrics beneath the video, since I couldn’t write a better expression of my heart for each of us this week. Thanks for joining in on the WC blog!
 

 
 

Make me a channel of Your peace
Where there is hatred, let me bring Your love
Where there is injury, Your pardon Lord
And where there’s doubt, true faith in You

Make me a channel of Your peace
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope
Where there is darkness, only light
And where there’s sadness, ever joy

Oh Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love with all my soul

Make me a channel of Your peace
It is pardoning that we are pardoned
In giving to all men that we receive
And in dying that we’re born to eternal life

Oh Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love with all my soul

Make me a channel of Your peace
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope
Where there is darkness, only light
And where there’s sadness, ever joy

 

Songwriters: TRADITIONAL, JON COHEN

 
 
 

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