Worship Companion – January 24 2021

We’re on a new adventure together!

Title: Moses Viewing the Promised Land Date: 1846 Artist: Church, Frederic Edwin, 1826-1900

Anchor Passages:
Proverbs 28:19
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
We all need to find our rhythm, right?
Spiritual rhythms or disciplines are all about helping us develop an attitude of openness toward God. These rhythms help keep our ears and eyes sharp and our heart sensitive for the leading of the Holy Spirit. I can’t stress this enough, though — rhythms and disciplines don’t transform us – that’s God work. These rhythms are essential for growth like water and sunlight, but as 1 Corinthians 3:7-9 says, neither we nor our “work” make any growth, that all comes from God.
We’ll be looking at ten rhythms and disciplines over the next 10 weeks:
1. Meditation
2. Prayer
3. Fasting
4. Study
5. Simplicity
6. Solitude
7. Submission
8. Worship
9. Service
10. Confession
This week we begin with meditation. This is likely the most feared of the disciplines because many ungodly forms of it are popular right now. We’ll be looking together at true meditation. It is a common practice for biblical writers to talk about, but we are often hesitant to dwell on these passages for fear of confusion with other religion’s practices.
As always, its best to know the real thing so that you can recognize a counterfeit!
The Theme in Art:

Title: Potato Planters
Date: 1861
Artist: Millet, Jean François, 1814-1875

The above painting could certainly involve meditation – who knows what these two field workers are pondering as they rhythmically plant potatoes? In fact, the mundane practices of our days can be the best arable land to practice new spiritual rhythms. The point of pondering this painting today is to emphasize the importance of practicing any of the disciplines we’ll be looking at. Just like Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, the work we do is important for the cultivation of spiritual growth in ourselves and others, but God is the one who causes the growth. These rhythms we are working on are like learning how to plant the potatoes well – we learn the rhythm, it becomes second nature to us, but the growth that follows is all a gift from God. Working on these rhythms is important, since like all things in life, poor work most likely leads to poor results (Proverbs 28:19). My hope is that over the next 10 weeks, we’re going to become better spiritual potato planters together!
The Theme for Kids:
One of the benefits of building good spiritual rhythms is developing the ability to listen when God he is speaking any time, any where. It takes practice, but as the chorus says, we need to learn to stop all our busyness and listen to the Lord! Good spiritual rhythms help us learn to do that, and its not just for kids!

Looking for some help?
Here is a short Mediation Help resource from our sermon this week:

One Response to “Worship Companion – January 24 2021”

  1. Denise Bott says:

    Thank you so much for your sermon on meditation. I have always had questions about the way meditation fits into Christianity. & you addressed many of my questions. Thanks for the notes at the end of the companion blog. They are very helpful. I’m really looking forward to the next 9 weeks. Denise

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