Two moments of wonder in worship happened this week on side-by-side evenings, a normal Wednesday and Thursday in a busy Cambridge week.
The first, the Wednesday. Kneeling in the purple-lit Chapel of Ridley Hall, whisper-singing words of worship songs, humbled by the love of God in which I find my security and myself. The place where my feet are grounded and secure.
The second, the Thursday. At the end of Compline (evening prayer) I stood in the left aisle of All Saints’ Church with the Westcott House community, gazing at the candle-lit cross at the altar. Again, there was the love of God singing over me, and a simple reply of ‘yes, here I am’ in my heart.
To me, worship is home. It’s the place where I’m seen and known fully, the moment in which God calls my name over me to remind me of who I am and who he is.
It’s the place in which I’m pointed to Jesus, the one in whom I find a love that reaches from heaven to earth to hold me close; to unite me to the one who created me; to bring real, transformed and new life into my everyday living – even in the midst of a busy Cambridge week.
A little while ago I wrote a blog post about post-graduation life and the uncertainty of making plans for the future. I wrote that we can be secure even in this process and change, because God sings over us with songs of love and delight, and makes us secure even in the midst of transition. A friend commented: ‘I love that concept of God singing over us! Wonder what he’s singing?’
A good question; one to ponder over, I thought.
Those two moments of wonder in worship (the Wednesday and the Thursday) are two moments which begin to answer this question for me. I believe that God sings over us with an overwhelming love that grounds us and makes us secure. Even if you’ve never heard his voice before, or have never before stopped to consider that there might be something more to life than what you can see, he is there singing a song of foundational love over the whole of your life, in every single circumstance.
Not only this, but God sings over us with a song of calling: work with me and walk with me, Jesus invites. Watch how I do it and follow in my footsteps. I am the way for you to walk in so that new life can spring up around you; so that you can find and hold out to others a healing from your hurts, a forgiveness in your pain, and a hope that stretches beyond death. Work with me, and see the world become new and whole. I respond to this invitation: Yes, here I am.
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.
(PS: If you’re curious about this God who loves, there’s events happening every day in Cambridge this week to help you think through some of these big questions! Check the details out here.)