The text for this week is not a Scripture text, but a hymn text: “Hast Thou Heard Him, Seen Him, Known Him?” The worship will be built around the central idea of the hymn, that our hearts are drawn from idols by seeing Jesus as ‘More Beautiful and More Believable.’ The visual theme is the same as the video I made for this hymn a while back: stained glass windows (mostly of Jesus).
Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 150705 Heart Prep
Restless – Audrey Assad
Thou Lovely Source of True Delight
I Shall Not Want – Audrey Assad
Nothing for the Ache – Ben Shive (Audio Only)
(I would love to make a video of this, but what I have in mind is too complicated for me to do. I’ll need to recruit Michelle, Selah Arts and Peter Rask to make it work)
Invitation to Communion:
Hast Thou Heard Him, Seen Him, Known Him?
My Worth is Not in What I Own – Getty
Hymn text for ‘Hast Thou Heard Him, Seen Him, Known Him” and Scriptures for meditation
Hast thou heard Him, seen Him, known Him? Is not thine a captured heart?
Chief among ten thousand own Him, Joyful choose the better part.
Chorus: Captivated by His beauty, Worthy tribute haste to bring.
Let His peerless worth constrain thee, Crown Him now unrivaled King.
What can strip the seeming beauty, From the idols of the earth?
Not a sense of right or duty, But the sight of peerless worth.
‘Tis that look that melted Peter, ’Tis that face that Stephen saw,
‘Tis that heart that wept with Mary, Can alone from idols draw.
Hosea 6:3 Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”
Psalm 27:4 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.
1 John 5:20-21 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 21Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
John 20:26-29 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Titus 3:4-5 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,