“There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit in This Place” (TFF 102)
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Together with a musician and commissioned by a nearby congregation, I’m creating an original liturgy. During the writing process, we meet with a panel of people from the congregation’s community who do not attend worship because they have not experienced a Christian worship service that is living with the same questions they are asking. They have articulated that, in their experience, liturgy too often lacks breath and spirit and speaks to the brain instead of the body. And incarnation is supposed to be our thing!
So these days I am learning to listen differently for the Spirit in worship. I invite the assembly into longer periods of silence and breathing. I am noticing the connection between my body and God’s spirit. And it is good.
I love this spiritual song because the words help us notice the Spirit of God in each other’s faces, the Spirit of God who is present with us, the Spirit of God who revives us and sends us back into daily life. How do you experience the Spirit of God in worship?
Come, Holy Spirit. Fill us with the breath of life. Make us signs of your incarnate love and presence. Amen.