The word “Worship” brings on many thoughts. It is often used in our thoughts and actions without any connection to God. In our world today people, places, things, and even events are worshiped—food, sports, children, homes, jobs, the rich and famous, hobbies, movies, songs, and so much more. Worship is a wonderful, essential part of living for all who have come to know and believe in God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When we gather as a community of believers worship becomes the language we speak together.
Worship is more than entertainment—it is not dull or lifeless. It is more than just the music offered in a particular style and fashion.
Worship is not individualistic. It is a part of who we are as a member of a faith community whether we are alone or together.
Worship is personal—it engages us at the deepest levels of who we are. It is not merely an emotional response to the sounds and the words we experience.
Worship is more than the words we say or the actions we perform. It is something we do with our whole being. Worship is not merely a feeling, but it includes all of who we are.
Worship is encountering God, then offering to God what He is worthy to receive—honor, praise, thanksgiving, adoration, petition. These are offered with others in song and words and actions.
Worship is retelling and celebrating the Good News story of what God has done for us in Jesus.
Worship is our response to what God has done and to what God has said and is saying to us.
Worship is affirming who we are as people of God through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Worship is then offering ourselves to live as we believe—forgiven, restored, redeemed.