PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
July 25, 2018
What does it mean to worship? When we gather corporately on Sunday, we call this time “our worship service.” But, what is the purpose of this time spent gathered together corporately, where we sing hymns, offer prayers, proclaim a message, celebrate the sacraments, among other things?
Let me start with what it’s not . . . it’s not entertainment; it’s not a performance. Whenever an individual or a group sings, the purpose is not to entertain us.
Our worship service is not entertainment. Yes, we want what is sung to be pleasing. Yes, we want the music to be uplifting. Yes, those who sing or play musical instruments want to do their very best. Our choirs and musicians put forth a great deal of effort in preparing their music, much as I do in preparing sermons, but each aspect of what takes place during this service is not geared toward entertaining those in attendance.
Those who are leading worship are not looking for applause or recognition, and those who seek recognition or desire to be entertained through the venue of worship have perverted its true purpose.
This is not to say that worship should not be fun. This is not to say that worship should be stuffy and stale. This is not to say that the music shouldn’t bring a smile to our face or set our foot to tapping, or that a sermon should not be thought-provoking, relevant, or touch our hearts, because we should be moved through the worship experience, but we should be moved because of the reverence, adoration, and honor we have for the living God.
May we always approach our corporate time of worship (and, by the way, we also need to recognize the importance of our personal times of worship) with a sense of glorifying the Lord, worthily magnifying the name of our holy God, for He is worthy!!