Sunday, October 24, 2010

every common bush afire with God: Exodus 19 - 40

Read the purpose for these posts here.
p.s., I hope you'll be watching for these lower-case i incarnations of truth in the art you encounter.  Feel free to share them in the comment section!

Union Center Worship, Oct. 24:  The Ten Commandments
  • How Great Is Our God (Chris Tomlin)
Welcome and Greeting One Another
  • Everlasting God (Chris Tomlin)
  • Filled With Your Glory (Starfield)
Offering/Life at the Center:  announce Operation Christmas Child
    Scripture Reading:  Exodus passage of the Ten Commandments
    Prayer of Renewal:  formed from Psalm 95:7 - "If you hear His Words, do not harden your hearts."
    • Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder (words: John Newton; music: Laura Taylor):  "Let us love and sing and wonder/Let us praise the Savior's name/He has hushed the law's loud thunder/He has quenched Mount Sinai's flame/He has washed us with His blood..."  Listen here.  
    • Grace Flows Down (David E. Bell / Louie Giglio / Rod Padgett)
    Message:  The Ten Commandments (law gives us freedom from chaos)
    Response to the Word:  from Exodus 34:4, MSG "God, God, a God of mercy and grace, endlessly patient—so much love, so deeply true—loyal in love for a thousandgenerations, forgiving iniquity, rebellion, and sin. Still, he doesn't ignore sin. He holds sons and grandsons responsible for a father's sins to the third and even fourth generation."  Pray over children and Shepherdstown leaders, Elevate students and leaders as the next generation.
    • Rock of Ages (Toplady/Hastings; arr. Crowder):  "Not the labor of my hands/Can fulfill the law's demands;/Could my zeal no respite know,/Could my tears forever flow,/All for sin could not atone;/Thou must save, and Thou alone."

    Linked to Worship Blog Carnival at

    Week Three: Exodus 19 - 40
    Moses Indignant at the Golden Calf
    William Blake
    tempera on canvas, 1799-1800
    Moses Contra Freud
    R.B. Kitaj
    oil on canvas, 2005
    The Ten Commandments
    Cecil B. DeMille/Charlton Heston/Yul Brynner

    Art from the blog archives:
    • The Israelites were technically given over 600 commandments.  Read my thoughts on A.J. Jacob's book The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible As Literally As Possible  
    • writing about the discipline of Study, I ruminate on the kind of internalizing of the law that leads to freedom
    • some journal notes about how my three-year-old and the movie The Notebook taught me about a Grace-God

    The Writing on the Wall: High Art, Popular Culture and the Bible by Maggie Dawn
    The Story

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