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Worship 5: Connecting with Church Worship
By Evan Nehring
These things I remember as I pour out my soul:If worship is a core value of a Jesus follower, then how we experience worship in the church setting is important. I have to say that keeping our family connected with great church worship has been one of the success stories of my married life with Colleen.
how I used to go with the multitude,
leading the procession to the house of God
with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng.
In his book, The Worship God Is Seeking, David Ruis talks about the togetherness of worship.
The worship God seeks has gathering at its heart. The journey into worship is a journey into community. Beyond obligation or guilt, there is a Spirit-breathed longing to join our lives and voices together in worship before God. There are things to be discovered in the corporate place of worship that can never be unlocked in our personal prayer closet or personal worship space, as powerful as those times are.
Here are a few thoughts about connecting with God through worship in the Church.
Find a Place That Feels Like HomeWe can talk about many styles of worship: traditional, contemporary, campy, rockin', blended, top 40, piano and organ, guitar-based. We can talk about fast vs. slow. We can talk about hymns vs. choruses. But the bottom line is, do you feel comfortable enough to experience God's presence?
Have a Double StandardThat's right. You heard me. I think a double standard is helpful with church worship. Let me explain.
If I am leading people into God’s presence, I pursue musical and spiritual excellence. But if I am not on worship team, I commit myself to connecting with Jesus whether or not the music is awesome. Don’t let the songs someone else picks dictate your response to God.
The Excellence StrategyWhen I was a music pastor, one of my clearest convictions was that people appreciate excellence even if it's not exactly their style. So that helps a lot. In all of the tension over styles of worship, if we do it with excellence it helps many more people make that God connection.
Watching Others and Being WatchedLike any other public activity, some actions are socially OK and some, well, not so much. I've grown by leaps and bounds as a worshiper by watching people I respect pour out their hearts to God in church. Hopefully, my kids and the next generation of worshipers will also have solid examples of pursuing God in worship.
QuestionSo, those are some of my thoughts on connecting with church worship. Am I onto something? Do you have other thoughts that help you connect with God as a worshiper or worship leader in church?
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