Friday, February 04, 2011

More than Open Chords & Goosebumps

The last message for the series I've been doing with my students on Wed. nights is focused on worship. I want our students to live in a permanent attitude of worship - the way Jesus did. That doesn't mean they walk around singing the doxology all the time. It doesn't mean they sing loud and and proud at church gatherings every Sunday and Wednesday without fail. It means they consistently offer themselves to God for service in His mission to reconcile what's been broken in this world.

I wonder if music has become a worship idol for us? Can you worship without it? Can you worship without your preferred style of it? Worship is more than open chords and warm, fuzzy feelings on a Sunday morning. I was looking at the site for Catalyst Dallas today (anybody I know thinking about going?) and came across a great quote from Michael Gungor that captures this idea:
"If leading worship is just about bringing a group of people into a room so we can get goosebumps and sing songs together, there's not much value in that. But if leading worship is a means to an end, that we leave this place as a different kind of people, as part of a new humanity that God wants to create - the people that are caring for the widows and orphans, that aren't bound by the systems of this world but becoming free, becoming fully engaged in our world - then that matters."
Worship is about how we live our lives - engaging with God and caring for those He loves, offering our selves to Him to be transformed...

How have you been worshiping lately?

How will you worship tomorrow?

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