“For: The Institute Of Contemporary And Emerging Worship Studies, St. Stephens University, Essentials Red Online Worship History Course, with Dan Wilt”
Here we are in this third week of the Essentials Red course. I have yet to come up with something to post in my blog this week. This weeks activities, work and family, have really drawn out all of my energy and little is left to focus on the worship languages of Baptism and The Eucharist. Why is this? Shouldn’t I be excited and ready with many thoughts about this week’s subject?
Baptism and communion are two of the most central acts that define us as Christians and I can’t really think of anything profound to comment on. So I’m not going to attempt to be profound today I will be just a little average. After all Jesus loves the common person just as much as the noble, right. Isn’t most of the world in this common category? Doesn’t the word itself describe the usual, ordinary, everyday, for all?
When I think about it, that’s exactly who these sacraments where meant for. Not just for the noblest of nobles but also for your average Joe. These simple actions are a couple of noble ways for us “Joes” to worship our creator.
The communion essentially draws us into the oneness of god, to partake of his body and his blood. To be a part of everything he is. I imagine his holiness, his goodness, his kindness, his mercy and gracefulness, his sacrifice, his limitless giving. Also I envision other possessions of God that we can share in communion. What about his healing, his word, his life giving, and sharing in his glory. I think about a popular song by David Crowder, Everything Glorious. He refers to God making “everything glorious”, and then he asks what does that make me?
As for baptism, isn’t that the same? Didn’t God provide this way for common man to confess his faith before all the nobles and commoners alike. The act of baptizing in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit gives us more great insights into the personality of God. I picture Jesus, hands spread out as to welcome us as we are, then us turning against him and nailing those same hands to the cross. Then as we are going under, we are dying to our own sin and being cleansed by the same one we just nailed to the cross. Afterwards we rise back up with Christ in rebirth and renewal, its like we are resurrection clean and ready to face whatever the harsh world we live in has for us.
So this rambling really isn’t about being common at all. I think its more about using something common to promote us to a greater place. Like starting out with a few fishes but ending up with five thousand. God wants to take our common selves and use these common sacraments to make everything glorious.