Come, Now Is the Time to Worship
Unison Reading – Psalm 100
Sing, Sing, Sing
How Great Is Our God
How Great Thou Art
I love this song. Usually here at home we do the acoustic version, but at FLAME last month, we got to do the electric version…along with many of the children (who are playing drums on the steps in front of the band) and our flutist and violinist doing some motions. This was a great morning of worship. We started with “Forever,” then “Happy Day,” “Mighty to Save” and finished with “Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King.” As you can tell we had a great time.
Here’s another song we did at FLAME.
One of the first of several videos I will share from our time at FLAME. Hannah Wilson did a great job on the violin on this song.
Today’s post is a hybrid of sorts – It serves as last Sunday night’s Sunday Night Thought. I just realized that in 6 years of writing this blog, I think that’s the first time I missed it – This is also today’s running post and a FLAME recap. So hold on – here we go.
It really seemed that the theme of this FLAME was perseverance. Several students and professors had to surmount what seemed to be impossible obstacles to attend this FLAME in Frankfort, IN. Several of the staff were in rough shape physically and yet each one persevered.
Speaking of FLAME, we had a great time in Frankfort. My family came along with me – which explains the silence on the blog all week. FLAME does keep us busy – for one, there are six worship sets to work out. One of the cool things this year was the amount of talent in the worship band – each one leads worship back home. As I saw the names sign-up, I recruited several of these worship leaders to lead a worship set this week. So instead of planning 6 worship sets, I only had to plan 3. The musical worship was amazing this week. I got to play electric most of the week, except for one morning when I played bass and when we had a little technical difficulty with my electric interacting with the projector – then I played acoustic.
While out in Frankfort, I ran every other day, starting with Sunday. That day was a long run clocking in at around 8.5 miles. Tuesday’s run was 6 miles. Thursday I did a group run with several other runners from FLAME. We did a short 4 miles before getting caught in the rain. That brings us to this morning’s run – the plan was to do eight, but it was one of those runs where I just had to keep talking myself into the next mile, especially after passing the 4 mile mark. I’m glad that I kept on persevering. I was able to complete 8 miles at an 8:45 pace. I’d like to get up to 10 or 11 miles at that pace – we’ll see as I run over the next couple of weeks.
Today I have two scriptures – you might be going through some tough times, but I want to encourage you to persevere.
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment.
2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
So when the going gets tough – Press On – persevere!
Frankfort, IN – August 2012
All Hail The Power of Jesus’ Name
Lord, Reign In Me
Mighty to Save
You’re Worthy of My Praise
Awesome Is The Lord Most High
Your Great Light
Here I Am to Worship
Come, Now Is The Time to Worship
Your Grace Is Enough
The Wonderful Cross
Blessed Be Your Name
Sing To The King
How Great Is Our God
How Great Thou Art
Not To Us
Days of Elijah
By the time you are reading this, I will be heading off to Richmond, VA to fly to Denver, CO to lead worship at FLAME. For those of you unfamiliar with FLAME here is a short synopses.
FLAME stands for the Fellowship of Leaders Acquiring Ministerial Preparation. FLAME is an intensive weeklong conference of classes for those students 28 years of age and older (certain students under 28 can be admitted with approval of their DBMD) working towards transfer of ordination, ordination, lay ministry, commissioned ministry, or special worker. A typical week is divided into two sections so that a student could complete two courses in one week, or if need be, only one. It is a great opportunity to complete two classes towards ordination as well as meet other students in ministry from around the U.S. and Canada. We bring in knowledgeable professors in their field of study and combine valuable class time with worship, fellowship, and fun.
The three main goals of FLAME are:
- To encourage a renewal in the spiritual life of the students, to encourage them in their life and ministry, and to remind them of God’s calling in their life. This is accomplished through praise and worship times, testimonies, prayer times, and a special service held for the students during the week.
- To establish networks and lasting friendships those non-traditional students will use and treasure through their years of ministry. This is accomplished by having students from all across North America attend the classes and by encouraging friendship and fellowship throughout FLAME.
- To impart some of the best possible practical ministry training from some of the finest teachers available to the Wesleyan Church. FLAME has established lists of teachers who have been highly rated by our students for their ability to be current, cutting edge, and able to connect with students on their level.
This is a paper that I wrote for one of my FLAME classes — Spiritual Formation. We were to read the book “Heroes of the Holy Life” by Wesley Duewel and then write a reflection paper on one of the heroes mention in the book. I wrote mine on Frances Havergal, who wrote “Take My Life and Let It Be” and other hymns of the faith.
Frances Havergal’s story was the one story that inspired me in the book. I think it was that she was precocious mentally and spiritual. She was hungry and open to the Word of God and spiritual things even at a young age. Not only that, but she was smart and willing to learn about God from a young age. Frances’ heart was so open to spiritual aspects that at the age of six she knew the Holy Spirit was convicting her. She was wise enough to take refuge in prayer and the Word of God. When she could not find the answers by herself, she went to her minister for answers. After she worked through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, she became a great witness for God. She did that verywhere she went and used her gifts of poetry writing for God throughout her life.
The thing that really impressed me was her spiritual discipline in memorizing the scripture. By the age of twenty two, she had memorized the all of the Gospels, Epistles, Revelation, Psalms, and Isaiah. Later, she memorized the Minor Prophets. She also used her gift of poetry when she was anointed by God, which gave us the great gospel songs “Take My Life and Let It Be” and “Like a River Glorious”. Her passion for the lost was shown in the story of Frances at school. She was the only Christian in the school and endured persecution. Despite that, she witness and prayed to her fellow students. Some Christians would be overwhelmed by the odds. Frances knew that prayers and the Holy Spirit could overcome the odds.
I would like have the relationship with God that Frances had even at her death. Those who were with her at the time of her death described her last moments “like she saw the Lord and surely, nothing less heavenly could have reflected such a glorious radiance upon her face. For ten minutes we watched that almost visible meeting with her king and her countenance was so glad, as if she were already talking to Him.”