I have been involved in the worship ministry at Western Hills since last November. The details of that fact and my ever present lack of confidence and ability would fill up several blogs so I will not bore you. The short story is we have been working to recreate worship as a God inspired, Spirit filled activity.
This past Sunday night was set aside as a worship evening, involving some new music that we had given the congregation on a CD as an Easter gift. The 3 worship leaders chose the songs they wanted to lead and prepared a short intro or explanation on why they were important. My songs were "Days of Elijah" and "Ancient Words".
If you know me at all you are already aware that I am not the emotional rock I would like to be. I made it through the explanation and singing of "Days" without any problem. I mentioned Robin Mark who wrote the song and some of the reasons for the words used. The church seemed to follow and sounded great singing "riding on the clouds, shining like the sun ....".
"Ancient Words" was next. This is were I folded like a cheap chair. I started out by talking about the faith that is handed down from the "Ancient Words" of God, through the Prophets, and believers we read about in he Bible. But I wanted to say more. I also feel that the "Ancient Words" are words from the saints that guided us as our faith began. The "holy words, of our faith, handed down" by saints that we knew personally. This is were I really lost it. I thought of James and JoAnn Gibbs, Eugene Winter, Bubba and Robynn Martin, Tom Bankhead, Dr. Jack Mankin, Mark Lewis, Wayne and Mimi, James LeFan, Easter Bundy and in my mind the list went on and on. Faithful believers that had impacted my life and pushed me toward the cross of Jesus. The legacy of faith that I had been given and entrusted with. The sacrifices made over the years for the benefit of the church. What touches me the most is that the "Ancient Words" do not change. They are the same for all believers.
The list of believers that passed on to me the "Ancient Words" is a much longer list then what you have read above. Who is on your list? Who are the saints that passed the legacy of faith on to you? Think about those people please. Share them if you would like to. Above all, carry on the legacy. YOU MUST.
God bless those who guided us in faith. God help us to pass on the faith to the next generation.