Sunday, October 3, 2010

There's no God like Jehovah.

On Friday, October 1st, the LSTC Gospel Choir sang at the Bethany Lutheran Church revival service.  I’ve never, ever been to a revival or anything remotely close to it, but it was an outstanding experience.  People shouted joyfully ‘Amen!’ and praised Jesus Christ and God.  There were tears, smiles, open hands, and a room full of believers…Amen.

One of the songs performed is called ‘Days of Elijah.’  The chorus goes: “Behold he comes/Riding on a cloud/Shining like the sun/At the trumpet's call/Lift your voice/It's the year of jubilee/Out of Zion's hill salvation comes.”

Being raised in a high-church ELCA congregation, I am accustomed to a prim and proper worship service.  We all stand up.  We all sit down.  We.  Don’t.  Clap……ever. 

Friday night’s revival though, had me clapping, singing, dancing, and physically feeling the Holy Spirit in a way that was like no other.  I was moved! 

In my Worship class this week, we talked about the significance of the “word” in liturgy.  Typically, I hear “word” and think of scripture and maybe even the sermons.  Do you know that the “word” section includes the Hymn of the Day?  How about the Prayers of Intercession?  The WORD, Jesus Christ, is not limited to prim and proper readings from a large, gold-plated, Gospel book, paraded out into the center of an aisle, protected by a body guard of torches.  Yes, that’s the word, but the hymns are part of the “word” too!  Behold he comes…lift your voice!

There's no God like Jehovah.

1 comment:

  1. What a powerful reflection into the soul of an African American Lutheran congregation. Glad you enjoyed it so much! Peace to you my Sister.