Rhythms of Remembrance
Just as the human body inhales and exhales, the body of Christ gathers and disperses, but our worship never ceases. In the liturgy, we realign ourselves to the identity and purposes that are ours in Christ, and we are sent back through the church doors as ambassadors of God’s Kingdom, embodying the very message that we have received. This takes on many forms—Christian hospitality; loving and serving our neighbors; pursuing unlikely friendships; investing in the next generation; foster and adoptive care; social work, activism, and community service; caring for those who are vulnerable or in need. We are called to bring Gospel transformation and healing to broken people, systems, and places—all to fulfill God’s call to his people to be a blessing to the nations for his name’s sake.
When we are faced with our own sin and brokenness, we must be reminded of how God sees us. Because of the death and resurrection of Christ, we are forgiven. The Father gives us mercy and grace and he doesn't do this reluctantly but instead, he gives it joyfully! He doesn't see us as failures or misfits. He sees us as his children. He is a proud father that delights in us. This assurance of love and acceptance is what empowers us to receive and live out the Gospel in our lives.
When we see God for who He is, it is good and right to respond with hearts of adoration and worship. Yet, when we see God for who He truly is, we also see ourselves as we truly are. The call to confession is not an exercise that shames us but rather a word of grace the frees us.
He spoke creation into existence from nothing, and He brought our dead hearts to life when He called us to walk with Him. In our weekly gatherings, God speaks to us through His Word, and we respond. When we do this, we are RE-CENTERING our hearts on Him and reminding ourselves to whom we belong. We are God’s people, adoring the One true God.
Like water shapes the rocks it runs over, regular rhythms shape our hearts and affections.
When we gather together, we use liturgy to remember and rehearse the gospel story together.
“Rhythms of Remembrance” is a short series from The Journey Collective to help us remember
who God is, who we are, the work of Christ, and how all this shapes our lives and actions.
Russ Mohr, worship leader at The Journey Tower Grove, and his wife Katie share about seeking the Lord – especially from a place of weariness and weakness – and how God has promised to be a source of refuge and strength to those who call on His name.
Satisfied In You (Psalm 42) – The Sing Team
The psalmist writes Psalm 42 from a place of desperately wanting to go to the temple to be in the presence of God. As we similarly find ourselves unable to gather together at church what can we learn about our God and how we can respond to him in this season?
I have lost my appetite
And a flood is welling up behind my eyes
So I eat the tears I cry
And if that were not enough
They know just the words to cut and tear and prod
When they ask me "Where's your God?"
Why are you downcast, oh my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
I can remember when you showed your face to me
As a deer pants for water, so my soul thirsts for you
And when I survey Your splendor, You so faithfully renew
Like a bed of rest for my fainting flesh
When I'm looking at the ground
It's an inbred feedback loop that drags me down
So it's time to lift my brow
And remember better days
When I loved to worship you and learn your ways
Singing sweetest songs of praise
Let my sighs give way to songs that sing about your faithfulness
Let my pain reveal your glory as my only real rest
Let my losses show me all I truly have is you
‘Cause all I truly have is you
So when I'm drowning out at sea
And all your breakers and your waves crash down on me
I'll recall your safety scheme
You're the one who made the waves
And your Son went out to suffer in my place
And to show me that I'm safe
Why am I down?
Why so disturbed?
I am satisfied in you
The Kingdom is Yours
In this season that is filled with restlessness and toil, how do we learn to work and rest well? All throughout scriptures, we see this idea of work and rest that is God ordained and is life giving. This Kingdom perspective of work and rest allows us to work in a way that is a blessing to others and rest in a way that it restores our very souls.
Blessed are the ones who do not bury
All the broken pieces of their heart
Blessed are the tears of all the weary
Pouring like a sky of falling stars
Blessed are the wounded ones in mourning
Brave enough to show the Lord their scars
Blessed are the hurts that are not hidden
Open to the healing touch of God
The Kingdom is yours, the Kingdom is yours
Hold on a little more, this is not the end
Hope is in the Lord, keep your eyes on Him
And blessed are the ones who walk in kindness
Even in the face of great abuse
Blessed are the deeds that go unnoticed
Serving with unguarded gratitude
And blessed are the ones who fight for justice
Longing for the coming day of peace
Blessed is the soul that thirsts for righteousness
Welcoming the last, the lost, the least
Oh Lord Almighty
Our souls can take such a hit during this time of social isolation and self-quarantine because we were designed to worship God, not just individually, but together corporately...and singing is no different. So let’s embrace the awkward, worship sing together (from afar) and remind ourselves of who Christ is as we approach Easter weekend.
Rock of Ages
Take 6 mins of your day to reflect on Lent and the cross with this video from our Metro East worship leader Katie Noland.
A collection of songs curated by the staff worship leaders at The Journey, aimed to comfort and encourage your spirit during times of difficulty, waiting, and uncertainty.
Hymns at Home
One of the most effective ways to teach something to children is through song. Finding regular rhythms for your kids to hear and sing good, gospel truth is like giving them spiritual vitamins everyday. Each month, we will share a new hymn for you and your family to engage with.