A few weeks ago, Dan Ra, Jacob Fu, Ed Sohn and I planned a worship service around the theme of crying out. We first had the chance to lead this service at Agape (Hanin) a local Korean church, but unfortunately it was not recorded. Then Open Table Community Church gave us the opportunity to lead worship in August and we did a similar service there.
The idea behind this was tracing the theme of crying out and shouting throughout the Bible. We felt like in this act, there was a visceral aspect of our worship and interaction with God that is largely missing in today’s worship gatherings. From a Korean heritage, there is the notion of 통성기도 (or prayer in one voice), but even as a Korean American, there is a tendency to avoid this type of worship.
In short, we found 4 aspects of crying out in Scripture:
- Crying out, shouting in the presence of God
- Crying out of our need
- Cry of rebuke
- Silence (or the lack of crying out)
In any case, Dan, Jacob, Josh and Margaret Feit really made the musical responses and calls come alive. Dan and Jacob wrote many of the songs themselves, which are simple yet beautiful. Thanks to Agape and Open Table for giving us the chance to give voice to this and for the congregations who were brave enough to go there with us. Enjoy the audio and slides below…