WOTG: A 'byoc' Kind of Service...

  • Friday, August 19, 2011

  • Wor-ship / noun: The feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity… / verb: Show reverence and adoration for (a deity); honor with religious rites.

    ·      We typically describe it as the “Worship Service.”
    ·      At the beginning of a service, we often hear a “call to worship.”
    ·      When conversing with a friend we often say, “See you at worship on Sunday.”
    ·      To children in their age/stage ministry context it is frequently said, “Now children, it’s time for worship.”

    Our frequent use of the word “worship” tends to result in a loss of meaning and comprehension.  It is a two syllable, single word that is just tagged on or slotted into a sentence, generally absent of any object or point of focus.

    As we continue in our “…because Bible is our middle name” journey, we have been reading together from the letter Paul wrote to Rome’s saints.  At the very beginning he describes, in graphic relief, the foundational core issue of man’s lostness and unrestrained pagan passions.  Regrettably, it was not an absence of “worship” but rather a distortion in the object worshipped.  In quick summary, they turned their focus from the worship of the Creator to fixate their adoration upon those things He had created.

    Worship is a word, an attitude and an action which demands an object. Only God is worthy of such reverence!

    The Psalm writer put it best, “Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.”
    “Worship THE LORD…”

    This Sunday we are urging you to come early, come excitedly, come join us for worship; but worship needs an object.  It can’t simply be a role we play or a routine we follow or an agenda with implement.  If we are to truly “worship” we must have something or someone TO worship. Come join us as we worship THE LORD!

     “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth.  Sing to the Lord, bless His name; proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.  Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples…Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness!”  Psalm 96

    WOTG: Worship on the Green
    byoc: Bring your own chair
    Worship: Corporate action of declaring that only He is worthy!

    See you Sunday, Church!

    Pastor Tom


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