In the Presence of the Mighty One

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The King’s Table 2013 Theme: “The God of Our Plans”

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).

Anyone who doesn’t understand the power of the arts when fashioning a sacred space for worshiping God, has never been to The King’s Table. All skepticism is dismissed about the validity of God’s work through song, dance, poetry, and drama, at this production. If one considers themselves purely a spectator, when it comes to worship arts, they will see themselves through an entirely different lens while attending this feast. It is no exaggeration to say that power, truth, and validity are physically palpable in this setting; and no one gets to sit by and be unenlightened, skeptical, or “just a spectator.”

For the better part of a decade, Hope Golden and Quickened Ministries have offered us a seat at The King’s Table. It is a biennial event that has always invited us to worship God in fresh and inspired ways. The offering of 2013 was no exception. From the welcoming and inclusive opening piece to the last number that declared, “The Presence of the Lord is Here,” all involved (cast, crew, and audience) were transported into a spiritual realm unlike anything offered in traditional worship settings.

At the 2011 production, I sat in the audience and was in awe of the stories, dancing, costumes, and Spirit of the Lord that prevailed from the opening curtain until the closing dance. This year I danced in gratitude and wonder through the stories and songs of praise that provided a communal worship experience I am still tapping into on a daily basis.

The last time I attended this creative worship opportunity, I was moved by the adults, children, costumes, and powerful call to enter into a holy space. This time, I moved into that space and shared it with the full-house audiences, as well as 174 cast and crew members not only representing Colorado residents from Boulder to Colorado Springs, but also artists from Arkansas and Louisiana.

Two years ago, I told my husband, “I want to be part of this when they do it again.” In 2013 I was blessed, and humbled, to be part of an extraordinary group of worship artists as we revisited and presented stories of our God and our faith. After the grueling rehearsal schedule, high-energy dancing, sore muscles, unspeakable joy of truly being in the presence of the Lord, and being loved on by His people, I told my husband, “Even though I’ll be 64 in two years, I want to be part of this next time too!”

If this little blog entry leaves you regretting the fact that you were unable to attend The King’s Table 2013, don’t despair. We will offer it again in 2015, if it pleases our Lord. And when we announce the dates, be sure to mark your calendar, clear your schedule, and plan to join us. Oh, and don’t forget to bring along your dancing shoes.

Copyright October, 2013
llpadgett
Lakewood, CO 80401

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