A mite of music for November 12
Let’s see, what shall we sing this Sunday? Here’s what I’m thinking:
Jesus, in the gospel passage for this week, observes some religious hotshots strutting their “goodness.” In the next breath, he calls his followers’ attention to a widow putting two coins in the offering (while surrounded by wealthy religious men giving big bucks). Doubtless the disciples were impressed by the big boys’ supposed generosity, but Jesus – surely astonishing them – says she’s put in more than all the others.
It’s typical of Jesus in so many ways: his character example is a woman, is poor, and is generous. His negative example is religious, rich, male, and proud. How ironic that women even today must take back seats in much of the religion named “Christ – ian” – after the one who so frequently and provocatively chose women as examples for his men to follow! May we be like him!
One of the points of his lesson is that it is genuine-ness of heart that he seeks: honesty. Hers is real worship, the rich fellows’ are tainted with the desire to impress.
Now don’t we who lead worship music face that temptation? During worship gatherings I find myself having to fight – sometimes moment by moment – resisting the relentless temptation that whispers, “You’re not doing well enough for those guests to want to come back.” Or even worse – shall we not admit it – “So-and-so’s not doing well enough . . . ” Oooh, I hate that voice! Is worship a movie theater – the act of worship only the trailer for an upcoming feature – that self-promotes for future “market share?” Is God so powerless that he’s hoping our technical expertise will “draw all people unto him?”
May God help us to gladly give our “widow’s mite” of serving ability, and give it only to him, knowing that he doesn’t score us in comparison to others’ gifts, or in terms of what others think, but only by the transaction between our hearts and his.
I’ve chosen to use, then, A True Worship Song as the foundation of our set, for its yearning for authenticity. Your Great Name We Praise provides a transcendent but lively opening, and Trading My Sorrows always suggests to me that as God makes me more like Jesus, I bring less sorrow on myself and others. Here I Am To Worship aims to be simple, honest, and personal. Perhaps it will leave us ready to pray.
Your Great Name We Praise
Trading My Sorrows
True Worship Song
Here I Am to Worship