Sunday morning ocean

Ocean_GodsLoveAs I write this post, I ‘m preparing my heart for tomorrow’s Sunday service. But I find myself captured by this thought.

What is it that I’m preparing for…my message…or His message?

Of course, I want to say, His message, but how does He want to share it?

What should happen when we gather together? What’s interesting about this is that God says very little about how our services should go. But there are a couple passages that come to mind.

“How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together,
each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue,
has a revelation, has an interpretation.
Let all things be done for edification.” (1 Cor.14:26)

“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation;
but be filled with the Spirit,
speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,
giving thanks always for all things
to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph.5:18-20)

So, in this light, I was led to share a recording from our service last Sunday morning.  It’s the prophetic excerpts from our worship time. It starts with how we always start our services, with declarations and prayer with our worship team in the background. You will hear the sharing of prophetic exhortations, visions, words of freedom, spiritual songs and a moving testimony of how God turns our mourning into joy. There was much ministry to each other during the service (not on this recording).

There’s nothing special about us–the musicians, the singers, or the people sharing–we’re just people who God dearly loves and we’re beginning to really believe it.

We’re beginning to see that our corporate worship is about joining together in His Divine Dance. And out of that comes a river of His life flowing through us, out of us, then corporately flowing together into the vast ocean of His overwhelming love.

This kind of thing is happening more often in our services lately. And I love it! I look forward to it. It’s so beautiful to me.

So, yes, God spoke through it all. His message was singularly clear…He is pouring out His love out on His beloved like a raging river that won’t be stopped!

Sounds like the church!

“from whom the whole body, joined and knit together
by what every joint supplies,
according to the effective working
by which every part does its share,
causes growth of the body
for the edifying of itself in love.” (Eph.4:16)

So, listen in if you would like. It’s a devotional worship time shared through hearts smitten by His love. Soak in His love and sing your own song back to Him. You are loved.

Sunday Morning – March 23, 2014

 

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 41 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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10 Responses to Sunday morning ocean

  1. AWESOME! I felt the glory of Christ in your assembly. God bless you. The anchor scriptures just brought me back to doing church, Christ way

    • Mel Wild says:

      Thanks. Much appreciated. It’s amazing what happens when we, as leaders, let Christ speak through His people. I really think this is what Paul meant by what should happen at our gatherings. That we edify one another. Not that there isn’t time for teaching, but we need to make space for God to speak to us and touch our hearts in a deep way. And He does it best through His corporate body. We leaders need to trust that He is speaking through those who are His. Yes, sometimes it’s messy, usually unpredictable, but it’s worth the risk because it’s so beautiful.
      Blessings to you also, brother.

  2. Wow. I am speechless.The power of the Spirit is truly in your house of worship.

    • Mel Wild says:

      🙂 Your encouraging comments are much appreciated. Again, not perfect by any stretch, but we’ve been working as a family on opening up the “faucet” of our hearts in worship for awhile. And, it’s come through trials and triumphs, dry times and times of refreshing, but ultimately staying committed to receiving His relentless, unstoppable love and committed to loving each other the same! Blessings.

  3. Cindy Powell says:

    “What is it that I’m preparing for…my message…or His message?” What an awesome (and brave) question. This post made my heart happy. This IS church–His church. Believing for a greater and truer manifestation of HIS body on the earth–even in many of the most unlikely of places (like where I live–ha, ha! And in Pattaya Thailand, and in … well, I have a list). Thank you for being willing to blaze a trail for others to follow. So so encouraging.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Thanks. Much appreciated. And may that list grow longer and longer for you, Cindy… 🙂
      And may it grow longer for all of us until the knowledge of His ocean of unfathomable love covers the whole earth through us! (My paraphrase of Hab.2:14). Amen.

  4. naggie007 says:

    Wow! So powerful! So encouraging! This is so what He has for His children everyday … A complete bathing in His intimate, unconditional love! We often just forget to step in, or get entangled in religion … Praise God for the freedom you all found in Him to worship, praise, pray, prophecy and encounter Him in such a powerful and life impacting way.
    Long may it continue that His beloved opens up and allows encounters like this to take place … Off with religious chains!! We have found freedom in Christ … For it is for freedom that He set us free!!
    Thank you for sharing 😊

    • Mel Wild says:

      Amen and amen! Thank you for your encouraging comments. Paul told us not to have Christ set us free from the shackles of sin only to be chained up with the shackles of empty religion. And, yes, may we continue to grow in our understanding of how the body can strengthen one another in love as we gather together when we venture out into His great ocean of unconditional love! Blessings.

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