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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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