Love Like Jesus – Combined Churches Worship Night

Worship team from multiple churches bringing an amazing experience of praise and worship

The Thursday before Easter saw the first combined churches worship night. Six different churches from various denominations joined together to celebrate the great love of Jesus. Often the Thursday night before Easter is called Maundy Thursday by mainline protestant churches (The word “Maundy” comes to us as an Anglo-French word derived from the Latin “mandatum,” which means “commandment.” It refers to when Jesus, in the Upper Room during the Last Supper, said to the disciples: “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John 13:34, Revised Standard Version)1). This reference to the new commandment of love which is at the heart of the Last Supper and the washing of the disciples’ feet as a demonstration of love was the focus for the Thursday night before Good Friday. Rather than following the ancient traditions of candles and darkness (Tenebrae), with the events of the last supper being told through readings and prayers, the Love like Jesus combined churches worship night shared the events and challenge to love like Jesus through worship, praise and reflections geared towards young adults.

It is amazing to see churches from different denominations working together. The spirit of God was moving powerfully during this time.

Love Like Jesus – Combined Worship Night
The worship team
The worship team

Keep an eye out for the next combined churches worship night, as it will be a time of amazing worship and praise that will leave you full of hope and joy, praising our amazing God.

My God Who Can

My God Who Can

“My God who can” began with the idea of writing a song that would unite us as a community of God.  It was when we had decided to combine our “traditional” and “contemporary” services into one combined service.   One of the main differences between the two services was the music (hymns and worship songs), and Caleb and I thought how good it would be to write a new song for the first service together as an expression of this new beginning for all of us.  “NEW Beginnings” is the name of our church (it expresses the new life we have in Jesus when we accept Him as Lord and Saviour) and the combined service would also be a new beginning for all of us, a challenge to accept a mix of music and an opportunity to move forward in God together.

The chorus began with the idea of not looking back to what we had before but looking forward to what God would do in our midst, looking to all of God’s goodness before us.  Our response is to lift our hands to Him, reaching out in faith and being completely absorbed in praising Him, God, the great “I am” (referring to the name God gave Moses at the burning bush and the way Jesus referred to Himself in the Gospels).

The nature of God then became the focus of the verses.  After exploring lots of ideas, we settled on beginning with how fierce God is in pursuing us.  “Fierce” is not a word that is often used about God, but it captures His intense desire for us to know Him. God is not casually looking around the world to see who might become a believer; He intentionally sent Jesus to die for us, so that we could enter an intimate relationship with Him.  God seeks us fiercely.  We think that we can hide from Him, but His light shines everywhere and reveals us.

Our God is full of grace and truth and He is the only one who is free to judge anyone else.  We can fall into judging each other and judging those around us but only God has the ability, capacity and wisdom to know how to judge any situation.  And yet, even though He can judge, it is His mercy that flows so freely through Jesus to forgives us all our sins.

God gives us the Holy Spirit to guide us and His word, the Bible, to show us the way to walk and it is through Him alone that our new beginning is complete.

The bridge of the song is our response to God’s grace; it is a purposeful, resolute statement of faith, offering our lives to Jesus as a living sacrifice (as in Romans 12:1) not for the sake of ourselves but for the sake of the world; that all may know the grace of God.  We declare that we will not run away or hide, we will not turn our eyes away from Jesus, but we will keep our stride in the race that God has set before us.  One day at a time, one foot in front of the other, no matter what events occur; we will keep our eyes on Jesus.

Our God is an amazing God and this song attempts to reflect some of the greatness of God when we join together in song as His people.


My God Who Can

The first song released by NBU Worship

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The Sacrifice of Worship

Worship, Our expression to God of how much we love, adore, admire and wonder Him. Paul writes about worship in Romans 12:1 saying “I appeal to you, therefore, brothers (and sisters), by the mercies of God, present your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” I don’t think it is unfair to say that Christians have adapted an understanding of worship to be what we encounter in our services, given in the form of music. Whether a traditional format of organ and hymns, or contemporary with a full band. Paul, however, presents a different way to engage in worship. He is not encouraging us to sing out our lungs. Paul urges us to live our lives as an act of worship. This is our words, what we say to one another and it is also our deeds, the things that we do for others, ourselves, but above all else, it is our words and deeds for God.

We choose to worship. Worship is a choice; you and I are people of free will. This means that God will never force us into an action or decision. The same is true with worship. When we approach worship, whether at a service or in everyday activity, we have the decision to bring our hearts, soul, mind and strength to a place where we bring glory and honor to God. Maybe the reason you do not experience God in worship is that you don’t choose to engage in worship? Let me encourage you, Each time you have an opportunity to worship, proclaim these words out loud, “God right now I come and seek to experience you in this moment.”

Graham Kendrick says it like this:

“worship has been misunderstood as something that arises from a feeling which ‘comes upon you,’ but it is vital that we understand that it is rooted in a conscious act of will, to serve and obey the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Jesus did not go to the cross on a whim, an emotion or impulse. It was an intentional decision; similarly, our worship needs to be intentional.
Your value on worship can be measured. Remembering that worship is an intentional choice we make, then the measurement of the value you place on worship would be measured by what you are willing to sacrifice. In the same passage (Romans 12:1) Paul calls us to be living sacrifices. What are you willing to sacrifice? Are you willing to sacrifice 10 mins to listen to someone? Are you able to buy a loaf of bread for the homeless person outside the shop? Are you willing to sacrifice the image you have established for yourself to share the good news of Jesus? When you choose the instruction and obedience to Jesus’ words, you, in turn, show the value that you place on worship.

Therefore let me encourage you to live a life of intentional, worship-driven sacrifice, so you may know the smile that God smiles on you as he proudly calls you one of his children.