RECAP: Today we spent some time with an open mic! Greg, our pastor, instructed us to come forward and make a mosaic and that if a piece is too big it might wreck the mosaic. What a great way of encouraging brevity. We had dozens between our two services come forward and share thanks for a restored relationship ruined by drug addiction, to a man who was banished from his church for having AIDS who shared thanks for the love and acceptance he has found from The Brook and our church. The stories of many trials were heard in this mosaic. All the bad news of cancer and divorce and rejection were put in the light of seeing the reality of God in even the toughest of circumstances. For me, this was one of the most moving and meaningful services we have had at Sunridge. I know, I have said that two weeks in a row.
One element we added, besides our celebration of communion, was a responsive scripture reading of Psalm 103. In the next weeks we will try to use candles and other traditional elements in our worship. The reading seemed to work.
SET LIST: This weeks songs were surrounded by communion and the theme of being grateful to God for the ultimate gift of Jesus.
- Hosanna – Paul Baloche & Brenton Brown
- You Grace Is Enough – Matt Mahr
- Matchless – Aaron Shust
- Sweetly Broken – Jeremy Riddle
- Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – Newton, Tomlin, Giglio
How does open mic sharing work in your church? How do you tell the story of God in the lives of your people?
[for more set lists from other churches go to Fred’s blog ]