A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks, John 4:23.
Worship matters to God. As we stand generation to generation, five deep, we welcome God’s presence in unexpected ways and words, in songs or silence, in laughter and tears, in moments that surprise us as we see God’s surpassing goodness raining not just on us, but on our gathered community. Our worship of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit leaves us awestruck, because worship as it is meant to be is a foretaste of the feast to come, a prelude of heaven touching earth – and that, most necessarily transcends any preference we bring to the table.
We entwine the fullness of our heritage (including liturgies and classic-contemporary) with off-the-grid authenticity. On any given Sunday this may mean confessing the Creed, standing for Scripture, kneeling in repentance, walking in spiritual authority, prayers to receive Christ as Savior, ministering healing, taking communion, praying the Lord’s Prayer in unison, or taking territory with a flag. We are in an era beyond formula. We weave organ, violin, banjo, and electric guitar into a single service. We incorporate lego-power-points for children and greek-exegesis for adults. We teach in ways that reach deep in the Word and still incorporate life application. There’s not a science to it, but an obedience in it.
That is our worship. Artful. Deep. Focused. Fluid. Spiritually abandoned and obedient. Each week we have a plan; but we are always ready to lay it aside for the things God is speaking. We are eager to walk into the next things God has for us. A step at a time, we are both returning to our roots and claiming our tomorrow.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.