Blessed. Humbled. Excited. Refreshed.
These are some of the words that were expressed to me this past weekend as we gathered together to worship. We tried something different to intentionally ask the question “Why are you here?”
Have you ever asked yourself that question?
- Why do I attend worship on Sunday mornings at Alsbury?
- What expectations do I bring?
- Am I anticipating God’s movement as we gather as the Church?
My prayer this past weekend was that we would connect with God and with each other in a fresh way. Chairs were moved into a different pattern. The flow of the music in the service was specifically arranged to feel like one long song. We brought the band to the floor to eliminate any kind of divide or distraction that comes from seeing the band elevated on the platform. But, all of those things should only serve as a new perspective and reminder about what really matters as we gather to worship Him.
I was personally struck by John Mark’s words about sacrifice and offering in worship. To briefly recap, he said that sacrifice and offerings are given from a place that should stretch us, should hurt a little. This expresses our need for God. God does not need our worship. We have a need to worship Him, and to declare how desperate we are in need of Him. Do the elements of our worship services encourage you to express your need for Him?
How are you doing with those three response seen in Psalm 50.
- Have you found a time to get a fellow brother or sister in Christ to pray for something that you struggle with?
- Have you confessed your weakness in sin?
- Have you given that sin over to God to destroy within you? It is time to do just that.
IF you are not killing that sinful desire with God’s help, then it is likely killing you.
Then, the last possible response to “why are you here” was because we have opportunity to celebrate what God is doing in transforming our lives.
I look forward to this weekend as we gather again to worship Him. Bring your stories of transformation, so we can more deeply show His splendor and declare His majesty! I cannot wait to hear all that He has done. How about you? Are you ready? Put on your mantle of praise and let us worship together.
To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. — Isaiah 61:3