Preparation for Worship this Sunday (Unprogrammed Worship)

This coming sunday Jean Goecks will be hosting and is going to lead in an unprogrammed (silent) meeting for worship. I hope that if you’re not joining us for family camp you will come and have communion with the living Christ in worship with our community in this way on Sunday. If you want to know more about silent or open worship click here.

As a means for preparation for worship, whether in Camas or at Rockaway Beach, I want to send along a text from Jeremiah chapter 1. Some of you may have read this before:

“Now the word of the LORD came to me saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD!
Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.”

But the LORD said to me,
“Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’;
for you shall go to all to whom I send you,
and you shall speak whatever I command you,
Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
says the LORD.”

Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth; and
the LORD said to me,

“Now I have put my words in your mouth.
See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to pull down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.” (Jer 1:4–10)

1. What do you see as unique about this call to Jeremiah’s situation?
2. When have you experienced the call of God in your life, whether in a small, seemingly odd situation, or on a larger scale? How did you respond?
3. What does God reaching out and touching Jeremiah’s mouth symbolize for Jeremiah? Have you had an instance where God “touched your mouth?”
4. When was a time when you experienced a pulling down and plucking up as part of the process of building and planting?