This was an unusual Sunday (September 18, 2011) in that there was a sense of freedom and liberty that is not common in churches these days. It is unfortunate when we say that freedom and liberty is a rarity in our churches, because the Bible says that “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17).
Here’s what happened:
The set list was:
1. Here I Am to Worship (chorus and bridge only)
2. Celebrate by Freddy Rodriguez
3. Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble by Hillsong United
Let’s break right here, because this is the song that took the worship in a wonderful, new, and wide open direction. Pastor Grant ran up on stage during the chorus of this song and invoked such a high level of praise as he yelled to the deacons, exhorting them to open wide our church doors and let the praises go out. This was right in line with the lyrics of the song that say, “Open up the doors and let the music play / Let the streets resound with singing / Songs that bring Your hope / Songs that bring Your joy / Dancers who dance upon injustice.” The deacons ran to action and as the power of God increase and began to leak out of our doors and onto the streets, Will left the stage and started marching around the auditorium.
What? Who does that? Who leaves the stage during a worship set? But the action became infectious as the next worship team member followed, and the next, and the next, until there was a parade of worshipers dancing around the whole congregation, singing to the Lord. It was a beautiful move in the Spirit that “opened the door” to the next song–all hearts were ready to receive as the worshipers returned to the stage.
4. Open Up the Sky by Deluge
5. Pour My Love on You
God is doing something so great at Way of Grace. He is shaking off the boundaries of religion and opening up to us the limitlessness of true intimacy and relationship with Him. He is teaching us like He taught the children of Israel: “no matter how strange My ways seem to you, trust Me, follow My lead, and be sensitive to my movement, and you will be delivered into your Promise Land.” (See Isaiah 55:8-11 and Proverbs 3:5-8.)
Don’t you just love Him?