Worship Companion November 14 2021

We might be familiar with Jesus’ words to “come and follow” him, or “come and find rest,” but we should also remember that Jesus left a strong message with us when he ascended: for us to “GO!” We’re going to look at the “how” and the “why” of that command this week.

Title: Christ as The Way, The Truth, The Life
Date: 20th century
Artist: Unidentified Argentinian artist
Building: Chapel of Divino Maestro
Object/Function: Sculpture, freestanding

The authority of Christ is evident in the sculpture above. He stands above all rulers and powers and authorities of the Earth. When he gives us a command, we can be sure he has the authority to issue it and the power to enable us to see it through. The command to “go” is rooted in his words in Matthew 28:19. Yet, there is more to our mission than just obeying a command. Matthew 22 is all about the “how” — we are to go in love. Notice in the sculpture above that this huge Jesus, standing on the world he rules, is making an ancient sign for “peace.” The one who rules with authority as strong as an iron scepter exercises that authority with open, nail-scarred hands making a sign of peace.
Anchor Texts:
Prayer of Preparation:
God who rules and reigns forever,
we humbly approach you and confess our fear and reticence to go and make disciples.
Give us boldness, we pray, to speak and act in love.
Thank you, God for filling us up with your love, 
and we pray that the same love would overflow from us to others.
Through Christ our King. Amen. 
The Theme in Song:
Since we have a focus this week on both the Great Commandment and the Great Commission I thought it would fit to have two theme songs. The first highlights the great commandment and is sung as a prayer and a plea to God and to each other respectively. The second is sung from the perspective of Christ as he commissions his disciples before bodily ascending.


The Theme in Art:

The Ascension – Luke 24:50-51Title: The mission to the world
Notes: JESUS MAFA is a response to the New Testament readings from the Lectionary by a Christian community in Cameroon, Africa. Each of the readings was selected and adapted to dramatic interpretation by the community members. Photographs of their interpretations were made, and these were then transcribed to paintings.
Date: 1973

As I reflected on the painting above, I began thinking “this image is not actually a scene from the Bible, but rather a representation of the Great Commission. You may recall from Luke’s account in the Acts of the Apostles chapter 1, that the people actually stay and stare at the clouds and the angels have to come and remind them to get going! Here, the command to “go” is represented as being immediately obeyed. Jesus stands on the mountain top and the obedient followers respond by dispersing. This is the scene we strive for each morning when we get up, to hear the call of Christ and obey immediately.  
The Theme for Kids:
This week we’ve got some help from our farmyard friends to remind us that all of us can help with the big job of telling the world about Jesus!


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