Holy Ground - opening video

Written By:
Sam Hargreaves
Bible Refs: Ex 3:1-5, Heb 12:18-29
Lectionary Weeks: Proper 16, Ordinary/Lectionary 21 (Year C), Proper 17, Ordinary/Lectionary 22 (Year A)

This was created as an introduction to a service or a time of gathered worship. It begins with God's call to Moses in Exodus 3, as he sees the burning bush and is told to take off his sandals because he stands on holy ground. It invites the congregation to consider how they will approach a holy God with reverence, suggesting they might want to take off their shoes, bow their head, or make another appropriate symbol. It ends with the New Testament reference from Hebrews 12, which reminds us that in the new covenant we have confidence to draw near because of what God has done in Christ, yet we still need reverence and awe before our God who is a consuming fire.

An image of a burning bush and atmospheric music aim to enhance these texts. You could segue into another song in the key of D - the hymn "Holy, Holy, Holy" or "Holy" by Brenton Brown, for example.

This was originally created for the Alternative venue at Spring Harvest 2016.

Sam co-leads engageworship.org with his wife Sara. He completed the LST degree in Theology, Music and Worship, and an MA in Contemporary Worship from Kings College London. He was Programme Leader for the LST Theology and Worship course and now teaches as a guest lecturer there. He also co-leads the RESOUNDworship.org worship song website, and has led musical and creative worship at events like Spring Harvest, Youtwork Summit and Greenbelt. Sam and Sara's book 'How would Jesus lead worship' was published by BRF in 2009.

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