As I have written before, we are currently seeking the Lord’s direction for our lives and seeking where He might have us serve.
I have been feeling a little out of sync with life at the moment. The routine that we had has been disrupted. While we have a place that we call home as far as church goes, it’s not quite the same. The people of Waynesboro Wesleyan have been great. We have been welcomed by Pastor Craig and Vilene and the congregation. But there is something that is just not quite the same. (That almost sounds like the title to a Kansas CD.)
Part of that is curating the worship for the church. It’s hard to explain but I’ll try. Over the last six years I was the worship pastor, which means in addition to planning what songs we sing, I would choose scripture passages and/or videos for our Call to Worship and developing a theme through the worship service. In doing so, I would follow the church year – Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost. This means the song selection would follow the theme of the season. We would even have special services (Lessons and Carols, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Covenant Renewal, National Day of Prayer) that for the most part I would put together in their entirety. While I have done some of that in our current situation, it’s not quite the same. I miss the rhythm of the church seasons. For one, they connect us to the greater Gospel narrative and the natural ebb and flow of the seasons. Two, they remind me that we are not in this alone – there are believers all around the world following the same calendar.
One of the things that I discovered recently was a Lent Playlist. It is a playlist of songs on Spotify that are great for reflecting on the themes of Lent. Over the last few days, I have been listening to it and have been contemplating the sacrifice of Jesus. If you are curious, here is the link
I hope this encourages you as we journey toward the cross during this lenten season.