Today John’s message is touching on the conversations that have been reignited as a response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, and the others who have been the victims of broken, human systems. Our songs today are centered on lament. As we grieve with our brothers and sisters in Christ all over North America and the world, let us remember that God hears our grieving and sits with us in the midst of the darkness.
Isaiah 58 / Purge Me – Urban Doxology
In Labor All Creation Groans – Bifrost Arts
In his sermon this week, John quotes Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who says “the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.” In Romans, Paul says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23, ESV). We all need God to purge the sin from our lives; to separate the evil from the good in our heart. In C.S. Lewis’s book “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” one of the characters – Eustace Scrubb – is turned into a dragon by his greed. When it comes time for Eustace to be freed of his dragon scales and return to being a boy, it requires the claws of the lion Aslan, the Christ figure in the novel, to fully tear the scales and the dragon skin off him and reveal the boy that he was originally created to be. The purging of sin from our lives and the separating of evil from our hearts is not an easy process, and it will almost certainly come with some level pain and discomfort. Whatever the process looks like, I am sure that we cannot scratch off the dragon scales or purge the sin alone, but when we allow Christ to move in these ways we are allowing him to reconcile us back to the Father and return us to who we were originally created to be.
Lift Your Voice – The Brilliance
Seek First – Ben Smith & Jason Upton
Let us seek the Kingdom of God together. Let us know that after the pandemic and through the conversations about racial inequality and prejudice we will be changed. As we go into this next week, I pray that we will all be more intentional about seeking God and softening our hearts so that our Creator can continue to do good works in us.
If you prefer to listen to worship music in a playlist format, we’ve got you covered there too! All of these songs are also available on our Spotify playlist so that you can worship as you go about your week. Our playlist is updated every week so that the songs I’ve posted to go along with the message will be right at the top of the queue. Thanks, and God bless!