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Re-Defining Worship

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I the post “Worship Your Way Through” Ross Parsely, worship pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO, shares how his church has survived the crisis the last couple of years following not only the dismissal of pastor Ted Haggard but then the December 2007 tragedy when a when a gunman entered and took the life to two girls. It’s an article that explains what worship is really all about.

In an age of consumer-driven, programmed and packaged worship services, the need for churches that understand what worship is has never been more important. Worship is not magical pixie dust we sprinkle over ourselves to escape the world and its harsh realities. It isn’t a drug to be consumed for the buzz or an opiate to soothe our sadness. Worship is and always has been a revelation that consumes us!

Living with chronic illness can zap some of our enthusiasm when it comes to worship. Even the logistics of being comfortable either standing or sitting at church can distract us and prevent us from surrendering our entire being over to the Lord.

I specifically liked this quotation in the article:

The true essence of worship is found in the crisis, in the trying of our faith, for it is only there that we decide whether or not we will trust him! We make him “Lord” in that instant. We decide right there in that moment if we are indeed worshipers.

We must treat worship as more than just a church-growth strategy. It’s not enough to appeal to our many felt needs. Worship is the affirmation that God is big enough and strong enough to walk with us through a crisis and make something beautiful out of it!

I encourage you to read the rest of the article here at the Ministry Today web site.

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Come & Care – What Church Should Be About

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As Christians it’s easy to get caught up in all of the marketing and social networking of the rest of the world. We can say that we need to get back to basics, but let’s face it–Facebook and Twitter, cell phones and iphones are the way people connect now days.

It would have been odd for the church to never take anyone’s phone number years ago when the telephone was invested, because the church didn’t want to  get caught up in that technology.

That said, we need to remember that all of these social networking devices are TOOLS that we should use to carry out scripture. We should use them to reach more people — rather than letting them use us. I say that with a bit of guilty because I’ve told my son as he hovers over my shoulder, just a minute and mommy will get off the computer.  And I’m actually reading an article on how to be a better parent. Ironic, huh?

Occasionally I read a blog about church marketing and how “the church” can improve how it reaches out to people. When does it work right? When do we go overboard?

For example, one church in my town sent out postcards to the entire neighborhood, assuring them the church service would end early to accommodate the Chargers (football) game, plus, if they stayed and watched the game at the church on the TV provided, they might win some Charger’s gear. Is that cross the line into “tackiness” or is that just me?

Anyway, they recently posted this and it got my attention:

I asked my friend how he has continued to be a part of growing a healthy church community for so many years. Two words, he said, “come and care.”

Instead of spending his time trying to get people to come to church, he invests his time getting the people that do come to actually care. When people care, there is no longer an issue of getting people to come, he said. The people who care will get people to come which gets more people to care… and the cycle continues.

Don’t you love that? It sums up how I feel about churches but also about Rest Ministries. I’m going to repeat it…”The people who care will get people to come which gets more people to care.” (I wish I’d said it!)

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