Worship moments can be created in any number of ways. Here's a great way to give meaning and context to one of the great hymns.
Come Thou Fount is one of my favorite hymns, but I must admit when I first sang the line, "Here I raise my Ebenezer..." I immediately had the mental image of lifting up Scrooge McDuck from Mickey's Christmas Carol. While comical, it's not what author Robert Robinson had in mind. Robinson is referencing 1 Samuel 7:
Then Samuel took a stone...and named it Ebenezer for he said "Thus far the Lord has helped us".
You can dive into the etymology of the word, but essentially an Ebenezer is a reminder of God's faithfulness. In this particular story, the Israelites defeat the Phillistines to take back the Ark of the Covenant and Samuel marks the place with a stone of remembrance. While Samuel used a stone, anything can serve as a reminder. So how can you create a memorable moment in your worship set from an Ebenezer?
- Explain the meaning and allow time for everyone to recall and meditate on a time of God's faithfulness before singing the song.
- Invite short prayers of thankfulness to be prayed out loud in the service
- Use the intro of the song to show images of Ebenezers
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Ebenezers are created in times of celebration and are powerful reminders in times of trial. Understanding the lyric gives so much more meaning to that powerful verse. Take the time to explain it and you'll create a moment to remember. So what kind of Ebenezers have you built in your life?