Writing Congregational Prayers
in anticipation of the coming election
Last week, Isaac
gathered about 50 song writers, pastors, and leaders for a Porter’s Gate
songwriting retreat in Nashville. We were working on songs and prayers of humility and hope as we head into the fervor of the presidential election. It was amazing. Truly an appropriate use of that word.
The picture above represents the pastors cohort. We hung out for an afternoon in a room at the local YMCA and composed prayers and collects that gave words to the longings of our heart. Psalm 27 was our template and provided a garden of images. “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” I really enjoyed getting to know these colleagues, who are now friends.
Isaac had a dozen different groups of musicians who wrote songs all afternoon- over 30 of them! Our evening was spent in a unique ‘concert’ space as each group performed for the others one of the songs they had written. Scott and I said over and over- it’s incredible that 4 hours ago this song didn’t exist and yet now, as I listen, I am in tears from it’s beauty and the weight of its words. Really an amazing 24 hours.
I look forward to Isaac teaching some of them to Restoration in the months to come! So glad he is on our team and so impressed by his ability to lead and bring out the gifts and talents of others.
One of the musicians who came was Jon Guerra. This was a song he wrote a few years ago, but it captures all of my longing as a pastor and follower of Jesus. Enjoy.