Passing the†baton - First we worship
Many changes come in the life of a congregation, especially when a new minister comes on the scene, but we are always called to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. I want to share an excerpt from ďFive Practices of Fruitful CongregationsĒ Ė Bishop Robert Schnase (p.33-35)
Worship describes those times we gather deliberately seeking to encounter God in Christ. We cultivate our relationship with God and with one another as the people of God. We donít attend worship to squeeze God into our lives; we seek to meld our lives into Godís. Itís a time to think less about ourselves and more about faith, less about our personal agendas and more about Godís will. We encounter a fresh vision of Godís reality in Christ so that Godís Spirit can reshape our lives and form us into the Body of Christ.
Comprehending the meaning of worship requires looking beyond what people do to see with the eyes of faith what God does. God uses worship to transform lives, heal wounded souls, renew hope, shape decisions, provoke change, inspire compassion, and bind people to one another. God through Christ actively seeks relationship to us through worshipÖÖ.
God speaks to us in beautiful sanctuaries and simple buildings, in store front gathering places and hospital chapels, outdoors under the open sky and in the homes of members. In every imaginable setting, through worship, people seek to connect with God, allow Godís word to shape them, and offer their response of faith. Godís Spirit changes us through worship.
See you for worship this weekend,
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