Good morning, Church! Today John is preaching about the story of Ruth and Boaz from the Bible and the twentieth century artist Marc Chagall. As we talk about art, love, and sacrifice, I pray that we would see all these things not only in the paintings that John is sharing with us, but also in the music that we listen to, the relationships that we hold dear, the vocations to which we are called, and simply all around in the midst of the great, magnificent ordinary.
Give Thanks To God – Housefires
Build My Life – Pat Barrett
“Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God” (Hebrews 13:15-16, NRSV).
“Then Moses said to the Israelites: See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; he has filled him with divine spirit, with skill, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, in every kind of craft. And he has inspired him to teach, both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. He has filled them with skill to do every kind of work done by an artisan or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and in fine linen, or by a weaver – by any sort of artisan or skilled designer” (Exodus 35:30-35, NRSV).
“For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in proportion to ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader; in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness” (Romans 12:4-8, NRSV).
Reckless Love – Bethel Music
This song was a source of much contention when it first came out. Perhaps contention is too harsh a word, though I was not privy to every discussion, debate, or argument that came out of attributing the word “reckless” to a perfect God. I, however, want to propose a reframing of “reckless” and share the way I think about the phrasing in this song. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines reckless as “careless of the consequences” (Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Reckless. In Merriam-Webster.com dictionary). What I love about this wording is the nuance of in the word careless – without care for the consequence. Christ sought us out and paid a great price so that we could be reconciled to the Father; in this song and in this usage, reckless refers to the great care that was given to us, emphasizing that God chose to care less about the consequences. The heart of God is not foolhardy, or thoughtless as the word sometimes denotes; the heart of God is precise, and exacting, and caring, and so deeply loving that Christ chose us; in the midst of great consequence and in spite of our sin.
Death Was Arrested – North Point InsideOut
Come Out Of Hiding – Steffany Gretzinger
Church, as we prepare our hearts and our minds to celebrate the death, crucifixion, and resurrection of our Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ, let us remember not only what he has done but why he would go to such great lengths for us: love.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:16-17, NRSV).
Thank you for joining us today! If you haven’t listened to this week’s sermon yet, it is posted on both our YouTube channel and our website. 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 for the most recent message will be right at the top of the queue. We also have a newsletter that talks about more ways to connect and worship with us as a community in Christ, so if you would like to connect with us in that way there is more information about how you can do that on our website. Thanks, and God bless!