"Worship is Don Weaver
recognizing God for who he is; it is ascribing worth to him; it is God’s people
telling him about the worth they see in him."
Thursday and time to wind down my office work week. The question that always
comes up this time of the week is: “am I ready for worship this Sunday?” For me that question has two parts: Part 1, has
all the stuff been done that must be done to pull off a Sunday morning at
ClearView; Part 2, am “I” ready for
of the question are important but emphasis must be given to “am I, (me, not the things) ready
for Sunday worship?” All the stuff can be done: tech scripts written; stage
set; musicians rehearsed and even clothes decided upon, but that doesn’t really
make me ready for worship. I am ready
for worship when I stay in a conversation with God throughout the week. Am I
talking to Him? Am I actively listening for His voice? If I hear His voice am I
I want to,
personally, be ready for Sunday…it is such a great day to celebrate and
continue in a conversation with God through worship and study with people of
If you were
to ask yourself the question “Am I ready for Worship this Sunday” what would be
think of leaders that influence my life and others that I have come in contact
with there are a few names which come to the top of the list. However, this
week I have been reminded of two who set the example of being leaders and true
followers of Christ…my parents.
precipitated this reminder were connections that I have made on Facebook. As I
connected with persons from different parts of the country and different
periods in my life; graciously they asked about me, but very quickly turned the
conversation to inquiry about my parents. There were people my parents lead as
ministers in a local church and those who they mentored in a college setting
and still others they met in a social setting.
these people ask about my parents? I believe it was because they witnessed
lifestyle characteristics that will set followers of Christ apart from all
others. These are lifestyle characteristics that I hope I model for those that
I come in contact with.
= parents yes, but also leaders with influence.
conviction again: worship is not
exclusively what we do in services, but how we live our life and if I am truly
a follower of Christ then that ‘living’ changes. If I am becoming more like Christ then I will
begin to act more like Christ and therefore love the things He loves and hate
the things he hates. My vision of what
He loves and hates changes because I know more about Him.
went around in a circle….
we are introducing a worship song to our people: “From the Inside Out.” The
words to this reflect the thought of being more like Christ: ‘a thousand times
I failed;’ ‘consume me from the inside out;’ and ‘Lord I give you control.’ You
can find this song on YouTube here.
So how should
we prepare for worship this week?
some thoughts for the ClearView people:
are in the middle of a sermon series, a study of the book of 1st
of this book is centered around the question: “does my life demonstrate that I
am a follower of Christ?” There some
encouraging words in this book and there are also some themes that can cause
one to do some deep thinking. Last week
our pastor covered the last part of the chapter and the title of that sermon
was “The Sin Test.” The first thought covered was “a genuine relationship with
Jesus Christ will result in a changed life with clear marks.” This week we jump
into chapter 2. Take some time to read through 1st John chapters 1 and 2