Lent 2009 (7) – Worship and Action

I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. [The seraphs] were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”

Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:1,3,5-8

Worship and witness are part of the priestly work of all Christians (Rms 15.16). Isaiah’s vision begins with an overwhelming awareness of God, his greatness and his holiness. This makes him all too aware of his own unworthiness and sinfulness and he cries out to God in his need. One of the seraphs touches his lips with a live coal: symbolically, his sin and guilt are dealt with. Then he hears God’s voice calling for volunteers: “Whom shall I send?” And Isaiah volunteers: “Here I am. Send me!”

Worship should lead to repentance and renewal, and action for God. This is the recurring pattern of our worship, individual and in community. What we do together as a Christian community, let us also do personally in our own time.

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