Yesterday I started writing an essay which will become my philosophy of worship.  I am going to be going on staff part-time with my church as a the Director of Worship, and so I really wanted to write a bit as writing is how I process things.  Many of my friends open their e-mails to find that I have sent them a long e-mail of rambling greatness…two reasons for this…1.  I work in a study hall tutoring students, so I have time.  2.  I love to write and that is how I will process and organize my thoughts.

So, the purpose of starting that essay was to organize and solidify my beliefs about what worship his, how it should be used in a church service, and basic thoughts about what a team would look like.  Much of it is focused on musical worship as that is much of the focus of my job…but I have made it clear that worship is our life..not just music on Sunday mornings.  Everything we do can be worship if our motives our fixed on Jesus Christ.  I will most likely post parts of that essay in a couple days after I finish and proof it. 

This morning I was looking and reading.  I was trying to find a quote by either Matt Redman or Chris Tomlin about being a lead worshiper…not a worship leader.  I could not find it, but I found this one:

We cannot even offer a simple song of praise without using the breath God first gave to us. -Matt Redman

What an amazing thought!  Worship is a response…we think about the grace of God, the beauty of creation, the love of Christ, and the incomprability of God…and we respond with awe.  We praise him for being amazing!  And when you think about what Matt Redman is saying…it is amazing.  We cannot even praise him except that he gives us the breath to do so. 

Live your life in worship.  Not just corporate music on Sunday mornings…but in your thoughts as you are working…in the way you serve others…respond to the work that Jesus Christ did on the cross by comitting every moment you have to him. 

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed
Isaiah 53:5 NIV

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  1. Great thoughts on worship! I love anything that helps point out the fact that church isn’t just what happens on Sunday. It should be the result of what happens throughout the week in the lives of believers! Thanks man – good stuff to process.

  2. This reminds me of a CS Lewis quote (and later pseudo-Christian band):

    “When we talk of a man doing anything for God or giving anything to God, I will tell you what it is really like. It is like a small child going to his father and saying, “Daddy, give me sixpence to buy you a birthday present.” Of course, the father does, and he is pleased with the child’s present. It is all very nice and proper, but only an idiot would think that the father is sixpence to the good on the transaction.”

    Great thoughts, Pete!

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