Sacred Spaces 549 – Gracefully Broken

Matt Redman’s album Glory Song has many brilliant tracks on it.

What I have always liked about Matt Redman is that he doesn’t seem to be tainted or tempted by the “worship industry.”

One can see it and sense it in the albums he offers. They seem to come out at the right time (as if God is pushing that time table) not some record label.

And one can see and note the heart in the album.

The song, Gracefully Broken grabbed the first time I heard and I want to share it with you:

Take all I have in these hands
And multiply, God, all that I am
And find my heart on the altar again
Set me on fire, set me on fire
Take all I have in these hands
And multiply, God, all that I am
And find my heart on the altar again
Set me on fire, set me on fire

[Chorus]
Here I am, God
Arms wide open
Pouring out my life
Gracefully broken

The rest of the lyrics can be found HERE

Do yourself a favour:

i) PAUSE
ii) CLICK on the song in this post
iii) (Follow with the lyrics if you will)
iv) Or close your eyes.

v) BE PRESENT with the song. Be present with our Saviour.

We are all gracefully broken
He holds our pieces in His Hands
The beloved Potter
Molding us into something beautiful
Trust the process

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Sacred Spaces 524 – ministry on the road

Its been awhile since i blogged here. But I’m back. 

So over the last three weeks i have been on tour with some students from Pneumatix (the college where i work.)

We’ve been across three provinces in the towns of Ficksburg, Despatch and now Calirzdorp.

I’ve learnt a few things along the way and want to share some thoughts with you:

(I’ve included pics of our team in action to give you an idea of what we do. )

1. From small towns comes the biggest hospitality.

2. There are little “gems” all over the world.

3. Sometimes a sermon (a preach) won’t bring someone to God… but then perhaps performing arts could help…

4. People like to be entertained. (That’s why theatre all over the world is packed.) The productions we put on… carry a message that we hope would inspire / challenge and encourage our viewers.

5. I have a new found respect for performers who need to remember their lines and / or remember their dance moves.

6. There is a lot of despair all over South Africa. Sadly but understandably.

7. When we as a touring team come to a town we don’t  “minister to” people but rather “minister with” – that struck me a lot.

8. We also can ask of every town “what can i learn from you” instead of always coming in with a “messiah complex” and demanding that you can teach and have the answers…

9. We as a visiting team may be the catalyst / may light some fireworks in the lives of those who come to our shows but the main work is done by the pastors and youth pastors of every town or community we visit. Those people deserve the true applaud and prayer. We may awaken some lives. But the helping with continued growth comes from the local churches.

10. Tour involves ministry to the team too. There have been 18 personalities i have had to learn with, encourage, motivate and monitor their wellbeing.

Thank you for reading my observations.