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Breathing Holes

posted Feb 10, 2015, 10:05 AM by First Baptist


Following our services last Sunday, a number of people told me that they liked my “breathing hole analogy.”


To recap . . . a number of years ago, three gray whales were trapped under ice off the coast of Alaska. Their only hope was to somehow be transported five miles past the ice to the open sea.


Rescuers began cutting a string of breathing holes about twenty yards apart. Then, for seven days, they coaxed the whales from one hole to the next, mile after mile.


I suggested our Sunday worship is like that: a string of breathing holes that the Lord provides for us.


Battered and bruised in a world frozen over with greed, selfishness and hatred, we gather together on Sunday morning in order to breathe again: to expel the sin in our lives and to breathe in God’s Spirit. We’ll continue this practice until the Day the Lord finally shatters the ice cap and sets us free from sin and death.


It’s important that First Baptist continue to be a missional church, communicating God’s love in both word and deed to a desperate world. However, first and foremost, I think we need to be a worshipping community – being faithful to not forsake the assembling of ourselves (Hebrews 10:25).


After all, we can’t serve very effectively if we’re not breathing.


Something Edie Shetler and I talk about regularly (Edie is our worship director) is the necessity of not falling into a rut with regard to our worship. It’s easy to do that; something even the ancient Israelites struggled with.


Of course, there’s a lot to be said for the familiar in worship. Traditions are important and shouldn’t be quickly discarded. At the same time, we need to guard against our worship becoming stale and predictable. As worship leaders, we’ll try to keep that from happening.


At the same time, how each worshipper prepares him or herself is vitally important. Psalm 100 talks about “entering his gates with thanksgiving.” This implies that worship doesn’t begin at 9:00 or 10:30, but before we even leave our homes.


As an individual, couple or family, I encourage to spend some time praying together before leaving your home, asking God to help you worship and breathe again.


Pastor Dan