Our View of Worship

 

All people are invited into a relationship with the living God through the saving activity of Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. For those who respond and receive the adoption into the family of God, our primary stance in this relationship is that of worship. Worship is the very picture of a Christian’s walk with the Lord; for in true worship we not only remember and proclaim the gospel message, but are fashioned by God’s hands into the people of Christ.

Below is a good expression of our understanding and aspiration in worship:

As worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience. If worship does not propel us into greater obedience, it has not been worship. To stand before the Holy One of eternity is to change…In worship an increased power steals its way into the heart sanctuary, an increased compassion grows in the soul. To worship is to change. Holy obedience saves worship from becoming an opiate, an escape from the pressing needs of modern life. Worship enables us to hear the call to service clearly so that we respond, “Here am I, send me!” (Isa. 6:8).

-Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth 
By Richard Foster

Isaiah 12:2,4 & 5 also expresses this approach well:

Surely God is my salvation;
     I will trust and not be afraid.
     The LORD, is my strength and my song;
     He has become my salvation.
In that day you will say:
     “Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
     make known among the nations what he has done,
     and proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things;
     let this be known to all the world.”