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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Worship (corporate) (10/04/07)

TITLE: Invitation
By Linda Watson Owen


The Door stands open! Come now! Come in!
Join hearts and hands.
Gather within the sanctuary of My love
that rains like showers from above.

Come meet Me here, dear Children all.
Oh, listen to My Spirit’s call!
Let nothing hold you from this place
where flow the blessings of My grace!

With open minds prepare to see
the wonder, power, and majesty
of My great works, miracles all!
Prepare your minds for Heaven’s awe!

My Children, bring your faith and sin.
Bring all to Me. Come now! Come in.
All that you have together bear
into My Presence. I Am Here!

Open your hearts, and hear My Voice.
Return! Repent! Arise! Rejoice!
Together, hands and hymns now raise
in holy sacrifice of praise.

The Door stands open, waiting there,
to usher you to those whose care
now burdens them with fleshly woe
and hopelessness that steals the soul.

True worship purifies your hearts,
transforms your minds, renews each part.
Trust Me to make My Body whole.
Together rise! Together go!

With hearts that only burn for Me,
return into the world you see,
and follow Me to souls now lost.
Live out the glory of My Cross!

“The whole assembly bowed in worship….
All this continued until the sacrifice…was completed.”
II Chronicles 29:28 NIV

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Joanne Sher 10/12/07
I love the flow of this - and you have made some wonderful word choices as well. Of course, the message is fabulous too. Good stuff.
Verna Cole Mitchell 10/13/07
This a beautiful poem of corporate worship. I could feel the invitation to worship all through it.
william price10/14/07
A very uplifting read on a Sunday morning. Super job. God bless.
Sharlyn Guthrie10/14/07
This poem is packed with energy and enthusiasm...just like worship should be.
Pat Guy 10/15/07
I see why you liked my "drops of Rain." ;)

A very refreshing read that leaves the reader with a cleansing sigh.

So beautiful and packed so full of healing truth.

Wow ...
Beth LaBuff 10/15/07
This stanza excites me and making me hopeful of what's to come, and then knowing we can experience a foretaste of heaven here. "With open minds prepare to see the wonder, power, and majesty
of My great works, miracles all! Prepare your minds for Heaven’s awe!"

How do you write this?, "Open your hearts, and hear My Voice. Return! Repent! Arise! Rejoice!" It's beautiful poetry. I love it!

Awesome descriptions. Wonderful alliteration. I really like the flow with phrases like "Come now, come in" and "Together rise! Together go" It's great!
Donald Ford10/15/07
I got your invite and here I am, enjoying your poem. I am a push over for good lines of rhyme - thanks for sharing.
Therese Witkus10/15/07
O the joyous lifting of the heart, your words inspire. The flow carried me right in the open doors. Lovely.
Benjamin Graber10/16/07
Beautiful poem inviting us to worship... Great job!
Jan Ackerson 10/16/07
How I wish we all would look upon "church" as such a precious opportunity to take advantage of this kind of invitation! We take it for granted, I'm afraid, and it become routine. This is a great way to shake us up a bit, and put our focus in the right place.
Sheri Gordon10/16/07
Oh, this is beautiful -- and I love the title. This is like a personal invitation to a beautiful, peaceful place. Great job with the topic.
Betty Castleberry10/16/07
This is wonderful. Makes me want to go worship right now. You did a super job with this.
Mariane Holbrook 10/18/07
Oh, I love the verse you chose to go with this splendid poem. When you think how glorious corporate worship is on this earth, just imagine what it will be like in heaven with billions of the redeemed and the angels singing in perfect harmony to the Godhead. God knew how important corporate worship was to encourage us, strengthen us in our faith and to embolden us which is why He instructed us not to forget the assembling of ourselves together.
Praise be to God for this provision for our spiritual growth. Somehow I think you've already set this to music. Move over, John Newton!
Laurie Glass 10/24/07
What at beautiful call to worship. And I love how the first stanza draws the reader in.