What is worship? What is worship to you?

I guess if you ask me these questions, I would say that worship is centered on God and who God is; it’s praise, it’s service, it’s gratitude; it’s confession; it’s wonder and awe; it’s experience; …it’s many things. I worship by myself and I worship with others. In fact, it’s done solo and in community. I need both – if I only worship alone, I am missing something. If I only worship with others, my other days lack something. I want worship to be a priority in my life.

Here’s one writer’s take on worship:

Worship is not the slow song that the choir sings. Worship is not the amount you place in the offering basket. Worship is not volunteering in children's church. Yes, these may be acts or expressions of worship, but they do not define what true worship really is. There are numerous definitions of the word worship. Yet, one in particular encapsulates the priority we should give to worship as a spiritual discipline: Worship is to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission(Webster's Dictionary,1828).

True worship, in other words, is defined by the priority we place on who God is in our lives and where God is on our list of priorities. True worship is a matter of the heart expressed through a lifestyle of holiness. Thus, if your lifestyle does not express the beauty of holiness through an extravagant or exaggerated love for God, and you do not live in extreme or excessive submission to God, then I invite you to make worship a non-negotiable priority in your life. ~ Delesslyn A. Kennebrew at http://www.christianitytoday.com/biblestudies/bible-answers/spirituallife/what-is-true-worship.html

What is worship to you? We have a couple of worship experiences coming up that are sure to enrich our worship lives. Tomorrow at 9 and 10:30, we welcome artist Scott Freeman to share an experience of art as worship. He will “preach” the parable of the mustard seed (Matthew 13:31-32) through the spoken word and the painted “word”. Next Sunday, November 2, our worship will be service as we gather in a parking lot (Platte River Academy) at 9:00 to “build” four houses for families in Mexico. It’s a Kingdom event with Church at the Ranch and Missions Ministries that is also a way for us to begin celebrating ten years of GGCC. Everyone, (all ages, friends, neighbors) are welcome at both of these worship opportunities.

Grace and peace,

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