What is worship?

Worship comes from the word “worthy.” God is worthy of our worship. We give God our whole being in worship. Scripture is central in worship because knowledge of God comes primarily from God’s word. We grow and are formed into God’s people as we worship together. We are the body of Christ, a physical embodiment, that communicates the things of God. From gathering in worship, we find truth, strength, encouragement, and a God-given mission to join.

 Why worship?

Here are some scriptures that help us understand worship:

Jesus says:

“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.” (John 4:24, the Message)

They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers. Everyone around was in awe—all those wonders and signs done through the apostles! And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common… They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. (Acts 2:42-46, the Message)

 

When we worship, we join the activity around the throne of God. God deserves our worship as scripture states:

I looked again. I saw a huge crowd, too huge to count. Everyone was there—all nations and tribes, all races and languages. And they were standing, dressed in white robes and waving palm branches, standing before the Throne and the Lamb and heartily singing: Salvation to our God on his Throne! Salvation to the Lamb! All who were standing around the Throne—Angels, Elders, Animals—fell on their faces before the Throne and worshiped God, singing: Oh, Yes! The blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving, The honor and power and strength, To our God forever and ever and ever! Oh, Yes! (Revelation 7:9-12)

So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body. So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. (Hebrews 12:19-25, the Message)

Who can worship?

Anytime, anyone, everyone can worship God. However, God created us to be together in our worship. Our worship services are open to anyone who shows up. The music includes piano, drums, guitars, and vocalists. You may dress casually or you may dress up. We will be happy that you are worship with us and pledge to see you as a human being, not as an outfit.

When?

We worship together on Sunday mornings at 10:45. Frequently, there is also a student-led worship service at 6:45 p.m.