As we started 2018, we kicked off a new 8 week series in the book of Philippians. And as we did so we wanted to make impact through simplicity. Part of the need for simplicity came from the fact that this service arrived on the heels of multiple Christmas services with over 10,000 people in attendance. The turnaround back into creative process required something with impact, but from elements we already had in play.
After some discussion decided to create a moment just after communion with the song “Do It Again” – at the point when the song builds at the bridge toward the end. We thought a spoken word would work well in that section of the song while the band slowly drove the dynamics of the song to a crescendo in keeping with the build and close of the spoken word. Two people from our team combined thoughts that were in keeping with our passage this week in Philippians with some words from Steven Furtick.
Here’s the final version of the spoken word:
No he has never failed me yet
In Christ I put my confidence, and because He is near
There will be no place for failure or fear
When I look back on every trial I faced, I see the trail of love he traced
He’s never left things a mess before, only beauty from ashes and I see it more and more.
In this New year the only failure that needs to be feared is the enemy’s
I will resist his lies, as he tries so hard to deceive me
but with God by my side we WILL retrieve all that the enemy has tried to steal from me, kill in me, and destroy around me
Though he might try to convince me that my past holds failures that will cast a shadow on my future,
I will resist those lies with the truth that I am more than a conqueror through him who loves me
That Jesus has already won, that his promise still stands as does his faithfulness
And so great is his faithfulnesss
Greater than my fear, Greater than my failures
It overcame death and the grave
When the world thought he was dead and gone,
He raised to life and brought me along
Theres no need to be afraid, failure won’t get in my way because what God started in me… He will finish
See the video here:
- Keeping things simple can often bring maximum impact.
- Small tweaks in your current programming may be all you need.
- Find the seam in service where you can thread the heart element.