Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Restore

The time is coming.  Nov. 3, 7:00 p.m. in the South Pole (see map at right) we'll have our first Restore worship time together.  This time of worship is designed to draw people from the undergraduate student, graduate student and faculty groups together for a time of worship and prayer.  As we have been developing each community it has become apparent that we would all benefit from times together.  This time is a ROC family time.

But it will also be unique in that it will be different from the worship times we already have in our Cross Walk or graduate student gatherings.  This time of worship will include a time of communion and a unique time of prayer. 

Since we are part of our culture, we are consumers.  Over the years worship has become another thing for which we "shop."  Perhaps you have heard people say things like, "I just didn't feel like I worshiped there" or "I didn't really like the songs that we sang" or "it just didn't do it for me."  The focus in this sort of language is on me.  However, worship is supposed to be about God not us.  We are seeking to bless God.  We are seeking to offer ourselves to Him; to allow Him to do in us and through us whatever He desires--which often stretches us beyond what we desire.

Worship is also something that invites us into the mission of God.  As we present ourselves to God and offer all that we are to Him, He calls us to love those He loves, to care for those in need, to be Jesus in the world through words and actions.  Therefore, our Restore worship times will be times in which we ask ourselves four questions: What is God doing in me?  What is God doing through me?  What is God doing in us?  What is God doing through us?

These questions will focus our attention on what God is doing.  We will breathe God in, if you will, only to breathed out in service and mission to our community.  We will "consume" Jesus by partaking of the elements of communion in order to be consumed by God so that we are empowered to be Jesus' hands and feet here in Athens and beyond.

I hope that you'll join us for this special time of worshiping our Lord together.  I hope that you utilize the Lectio that Jared prepared for us so that we all are meditating on the passage from Luke 10 as we prepare for Restore.  I ask that you pray that God would Restore us to Himself and His mission as we open ourselves to Him in worship and prayer.  I look forward to being with you in worship at Restore!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Retreat poem

I ended my retreat talk about Ephesians 1:3-2:10 on Friday night with a video clip from a Veggie Tales video, A Snoodle's Tale.  After the video segment I concluded with a poem following the Dr. Seuss-esque approach of the video.  I was asked to share it here on the blog so here it is:

So ROCers of OU and not Gildamanjoo
Forgiven, Adopted and given hope too

Let's hold close the picture painted here by this Paul
That we might extend God's love, grace and mercy to all

To all those in Athens, this town and this county
This country and world to share God's goodness and bounty

We need not wallow in old dead religion
But soar with the angels the Spirit's our engine

Though our hearts may be heavy and sad and frightened
As we give ourselves to Him He can surely enlighten

Our packs stuffed with things that weigh us all down
Instead, oh ye saints, he has bestowed on us crowns

We are His so you see and His love it is real
The down payment received with His Spirit as seal

So don't turn away keep the picture close by
And you too will find the strength of being to try

Your being is being coming from His great goodness
His doing we do - not flowing from should-ness

But as His workmanship we are created
To reflect his life in the world consecrated

Till we all get home to see His loving dear face
We will live to the praise of His glorious grace