Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be
careful what you do with the best you have.
this weekend at ClearView we will be starting a new series examining the book
of 1 John. This week we begin with the first four verses.
starts: The one who existed from the
in worship we get to talk to and listen to the One that was from the very
beginning, God Almighty
…is the one we have
heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own
hands. He is Jesus Christ, the Word of life.
begins with the revelation of Christ…the reality that we have a relationship
with God through the sacrifice of His son.
songs at ClearView this week try to capture and retell:
1. The story of God the creator:
How Great Thou Art (Psalm 86:10)
How Can I Keep From Singing (Psalm
wonderful gift of God’s Son:
Jesus Saves (Acts 5:42)
3. And give
us a chance to respond God and that gift:
When I think About the Lord (2
I Am Yours (Hebrews 10:22)
If you are
headed to worship at ClearView this week, here are some things you can do to
- read the first chapter of 1
- read the scriptures referenced
above that are the themes of the songs for worship.
If you are
attending church at ClearView or at your place of worship here are some things
to pray for
- the worship leaders and
- that God will speak to you
throughout the service, through the spoken word, through the songs,
through the silence, through the witness and testimonies of the people.
great privilege we have to worship the very one who created all and what a
great privilege we have in this country to worship at the place of our
I found this quote on my
"The reality of God and
Christ and Creation and Salvation and Heaven and Hell are too great for mere
speaking they must be sung."
For me there is a little job
security in that statement. There is nothing that says we should only sing of
the things mentioned above; however there is something that adds emotion and
beauty to words when you add melody, harmony, rhythm and dynamics.
Another quote from a religious leader
from years ago is:
So I will keep doing what I am
doing and in so doing encouraging others to do the same…singing about God,
Christ, Creation, Salvation, the promise of heaven and the reality of hell.
It’s Monday and today is the day I try to get a start on planning a future worship service. It all starts with a blank piece of paper (actually computer screen) and with a general thought about what the sermon topic will be for that Sunday.
- Is everything based on Scripture?
- Do the elements chosen communicate and reflect the characteristics of God and the full
story of salvation through Christ?
- Do the elements of the service help people recognize God’s presence and therefore connect
people with God?
- Is there something familiar to a large group of the congregation in the worship
plan? – Familiarity would be different for different age groups and
church backgrounds or absence of a church background.
- Does everything we do encourage people to participate? – Worship is a verb,
something to participate in and not to watch.
- Do the elements of the service enhance or compromise the message? – If there is any indication
that an element gets in the way of the content then it should not be used.
- Throughout the worship service, is time and opportunity given for people to…
– voice thanksgiving
– hear God’s Word
– respond to what they hear
– pray to God in a personal and corporate way
The list of questions in not conclusive but it does give me a starting point. To go along with these questions I also try to vary the list of songs so that we don’t always start with something up-tempo and end with something soft. But just recently I was on James McDonald’s blog, pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, where he had posted a video of how they choose songs for worship. It is a different approach but one that deserves some serious consideration. Here is a link to the blog post.
The bottom line is that I believe it is my responsibility and great privilege to encourage this congregation to meet God in the conversation of worship.