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Thoughts on Worship By Pastor Steve Hoadley – June 1, 2014

It probably goes without saying, that when we gather together to worship Jesus … great things happen. It is a unique, sacred and special time when we all come together for that purpose and goal. We are encouraged, refreshed, convicted, forgiven and sent out by God’s Word and in God’s presence. These gatherings could be with hundreds on Christmas Eve, or fifteen on a mission trip, the size doesn’t matter. What matters is that we are connecting in two powerful ways, to God and with each other.

As I met with other worship leaders last month, we discussed and reminded each other of how our times of corporate worship are both vertical and horizontal, and without both of these elements we are not meeting as Christ intended.

Colossians 3:15-16 says, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as your teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

Connected in Christ, we are members of one body. One body that joins together to give praise and worship to God; many voices in one song. Let us remember that we are to lift our eyes to Jesus when we worship, seeking His face, His love, His mercy, His truth, but that we are also doing that together. By worshipping together, we acknowledge that our journeys in life are connected and we are called to support, encourage and serve one another in our pursuit of worship. We pray with and for each other, we remind each other of the Word by hearing and receiving it together and we sing together, raising our voices in passionate praise— declaring that we do not believe or walk alone.

So, my encouragement for us is this: that when we gather for worship this Sunday, (well, every Sunday) that each of us would have one eye on Jesus and the other on our neighbors. May we be a worshipping community that values both our personal connections to God and also to each other.

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