essentials*green 09 Creative Project – Let Your Kingdom Come

24 04 2009

“For: The Institute of Contemporary And Emerging Worship StudiesSt. Stephen’s UniversityEssentials Blue Online Worship Theology Coursewith Dan Wilt

 

As part of completing the essentials*green course I have written a song as the final creative project. The song is called Let Your Kingdom Come.

 

Over the last few weeks I have been reflecting on the worship values that were presented through the course. Each in their way have impacted me and challenged my approach to worship and worship leadership, forcing me to refine my views and understanding. If I had to target one value that stood out to me, it would be Kingdom Expectation. For some deeper insights into this, check out my previous blogpost. It is easy to go through the motions when preparing to lead worship (and even whilst leading), especially if one is leading on a regular basis. However. It is essential to remember the responsibility that this role entails.

 

The song Let Your Kingdom Come was partially written in the pool. That’s right in a swimming pool!! I am a keen swimmer and regularly swim laps to keep fit or in preparation for an ocean swim. I find the pool a great place to process thoughts and ideas, it’s even a great place to pray!! Well recently I was doing some laps and processing what it was that ‘moved me’ in the essentials*green course. The idea of Kingdom Expectation came to mind and I just prayed “Lord, Let Your kingdom come.” I then thought this would be a great hook for a song. By lap 14 of my 40 laps I had the chorus melody and lyrics pretty much complete as they are in the recording. I then spent the next 26 laps trying to remember it. So I sang it over and over to be sure. It’s amazing how quickly the rest of the session went while I was singing the chorus!!! The rest of the song was developed over the next week.

 

My plan for this song was try to capture the idea of Kingdom Expectation in a call-to-worship style song (a song used to begin a worship gathering). If those gathered also come expecting to see God transform, restore and renew lives, then they will be prepared to worship God. As mentioned in my earlier post, it is easy for people to come to church without any preparation and to treat the gathering like a concert that they are watching – not participating in. So I tried to develop a lyric that would assist people to be expectant and to remember that when we are gathered the Lord is present and Jesus is at work through His Spirit.

 

Hopefully you enjoy the song. Please leave a comment if you have listened to it. Feel free to let me know what you really think. Click on the media player below to listen to a rough demo recorded on Garageband on my MBP. The chord chart for guitar with lyrics is also below.

 

I will conclude this series of blogposts with a quote from Dan Wilt who is an amazing teacher, educator – a genuine inspiration. I think it sums up the ideas above.

 

“If we don’t expect that God will speak, move, heal and deliver as we come together to offer thanks and reciprocate love, then why would we expect the community to expect that God will act among us? It seems clear that, to some large degree, the expectation of those leading a time of gathered worship before God precipitates others’ expectations. After all, why would we expect God to respond to the indifferent heart, the soul that is going through the motions of preparation without any evident hunger in their spirit? While we make the music, execute the movements, rehearse the visuals and prepare the spaces, we must do so as those intent on God responding with favor to our efforts – not simply as those assuming that some helpful information or creative reflection will be offered to the congregants. God meets us in many places, and He often meets in the place of humble expectation.” 1

 

 

(1) Dan Wilt, essentials*green: Online Studies in Worship Values & Spiritual Formation – Online Course Text (New Brunswick: The Institute Of Contemporary & Emerging Worship Studies)

 

 Let Your Kingdom Come Chord Sheet



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6 responses

26 04 2009
midnabreu

Great Job Phil!

We definitely need songs that address the relationship between Christ and His Bride. We get so caught up in the idea of a “personal Savior” that we forget that God saved His Bride, which is the entire body of Christ. When we gather in Worship we come as the body, or bride of Christ.

This song really captures that in simply using we and us instead of I. And it is definitely giving glory and praise to God. It is also a cry for the presence of God without which we can do nothing.

27 04 2009
Stacy Tebbutt

Hi Phil,

Very nice and upbeat song, definitely my speed as far as what I love to play for worship music. Wonderful message too, I was really touched listening to it.
Well Done,
Stacy Tebbutt

29 04 2009
Mark Grosz

Hi Phil,

Nice groove. I too liked how it is a ‘we’ song. It is a good, solid song to join people together, having one heart and common theology. I also liked how in your chorus the focus was not on all kinds of events but that in the midst of all the events and praise that God is glorified. Very nice song, Phil.

Blessings,
Mark

30 04 2009
wjcsydney

Loved the song, Phil. Looking forward to singing it!

30 04 2009
Adam L

Hey Phil,

Awesome song! Can’t wait to hear the full version – I can hear in my head some big drum fills and little electric guitar bits.

You ROCK!

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2 05 2009
mhjones

Luv ya work Phil 🙂

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