John 4 exhorts us to worship in spirit and in truth, and the Psalms command us to sing praises to our God, but worship is clearly one of the most misunderstood and even maligned components of Christianity today. It is infinitely more than singing your favorite songs on a Wednesday night or Sunday morning. Worship is an attitude, a mindset, a lifestyle. It demands total focus and complete surrender; it offers incredible intimacy and even a glimpse of eternity! Here are a few insightful observations to prayerfully consider:
“The most common mistake Christians make in worship today is
seeking an experience rather than seeking God.”
“ . . . there is no other enemy of true worship besides self.”
“Worship is a way of gladly reflecting back to God the
radiance of His worth.”
“Worship is the Spirit-inspired, truthful, heartfelt, vocal expression of
covenant love and loyalty to the Lord directly.”
When the congregation/choir assembles for worship at Trail, our hope and prayer is that your worship leaders never slip into the trap of entertainment mode and always keep two genuine objectives in mind as they prepare to lead you into the throne room, into
the very presence of the Risen King:
Will our worship glorify God?
Will we strive for excellence, not perfection?
Common differences in musical tastes, song variety, and volume issues continue to be divisive tools within the body of Christ, and we covet your prayer support in all of these areas. Please pray for single-minded unity, true joy, clear vision, and complete humility every time we lift our voices and join the heavenly choir. Warren Wiersbe clearly summarizes these potential distractions:
“We’re too prone to judge a worship experience by our feelings
rather than by the fact that we have obeyed God
and tried to please and glorify Him.”
In an effort to extend the worship experience beyond Wednesday and Sunday into creative, new areas, we are pleased to offer a couple activities for all our family members, not just musicians.
Second Wednesday Jam is an opportunity to get together with other musicians or folks who just love to sing and praise. As the title implies, it’s held the second Wednesday every month in the Fireside Room from 5:15 to 6:15. We’d love to have you join us as we strive to make a joyful noise, sometimes with a wide variety of musical instruments and styles.
Suggested Reading List on Worship and Praise
Worship: Adoration and Action ~ D.A. Carson
Praise Habit ~ David Crowder
Worship in Spirit and in Truth ~ John Frame
The Air I Breathe: Worship As a Way of Life ~ Louie Giglio
Then Sings My Soul ~ Robert Morgan
For the Audience of One ~ Mike Pilavachi
The Heart of Worship Files ~ Matt Redman
The Unquenchable Worshipper ~ Matt Redman
The Way I Was Made ~ Chris Tomlin
Real Worship: Playground, Battleground, or Holy Ground? ~ Warren Wiersbe
For All God’s Worth: True Worship and the Calling of the Church ~ N.T. Wright
If you have questions about anything you’ve read here,
please contact Ken Rensi at 951-1584.