Worship: method vs. person

"Whenever
the method of worship

becomes more important than the person of worship,

we
have already prostituted our worship.

Judson Cornwell

Worship is recognizing God

"Worship is
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.
"

Don Weaver

Preparing for Worship: am I ready?

It’s
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
Sunday worship?

 

Both parts
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
responding properly?

 

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
like mind.

 

If you were
to ask yourself the question “Am I ready for Worship this Sunday” what would be
your answer?

Leaders With Influence

When I
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. 

 

What
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.

 

Why did
these people ask about my parents? I believe it was because they witnessed
these traits:

  1. they have always felt a call of
    God on their lives and it was evident.
  2. they have served faithfully in
    every situation that God has placed them in.
  3. they treated everyone equally,
    accepting everyone.
  4. they cared about the spiritual
    well being of those whom they were around.
  5. they took and continue to take
    the Bible as the authority every situation and encouraged others to do the
    same.
  6. they did and do make spending
    time in conversation with God in prayer a priority.

 

These are
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.

 

My parents
= parents yes, but also leaders with influence.

 

Worship: recognizing the presence of God

Worship is
the strategy by which we interrupt our preoccupation with ourselves and attend
to the presence of God.  Eugene Peterson