13 Dec 2012
So I’ve been working on a new song – although its less a song and more a ‘piece’. Its a totally different direction for me, so I confess I’m a little nervous sharing it…but the flip side of nervousness is excitement. I’m excited about where this journey might be heading!
I have a dream to develop an experience of worship where people actually move, as if they have bodies. I know, it’ll never catch on. My concern is that our worship has become too wordy, too heady, and our bodies get relegated to the rank of ‘brain taxi’ rather than something God stepped back from and said, ‘Now that’s REALLY good!’
So I’ve been scheming and dreaming for over a year now about writing music that people could move to. Not dance, because who wants to dance, but move – in order to enact the story of God coming to us, and us coming to God.
After all, at the centre of this story is The Word becoming flesh, and dwelling in our midst. How then can we meet this Embodied Word without the help our own bodies?
So this song is the call to worship. As you listen, imagine a big space, cleared of all furniture, except in the very centre maybe there’s a table, or a large basin of water, or a pile of cushions – or whatever. As the song starts, everyone is scattered around the edges of the space, all isolated. As the song progresses people begin to move into the centre, and come together. Perhaps some people act as gatherers to go and draw people in who want to feel the connection and welcome in a tangible way. All in all, this song is giving voice to God’s welcome of us – even if there aren’t many words.
Its a fledgling idea, a hope for an experience of worship that is richly rooted in the story of God but has room for us to feel our way home, to walk there, to be lifted or carried if need be – because its never just been about believe or agreeing, its also about communing, resting, abiding, turning from and turning to, connecting, holding and being held.
So I hope you love this song and hear God’s call in it. I loved making it, which I guess makes it all worthwhile. Blessings to you and yours. Malcs