Worship, according to Google, can be defined as “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration, the acts or rites that make up a formal expression of reverence, to show reverence and adoration.” You may notice then that worship is both a noun and verb. We can all probably describe worship as a noun. What the service is like, what happens. It’s the stuff found in the bulletin and the hymnal. What worship is, is pretty well defined. But that’s not all there is to worship. What worship does, worship as a verb, what happens when we all gather together cannot be distilled into black and white words on a page.
When’s the last time you felt “reverence and adoration” for God in church? Outside of church? Hopefully it’s been recent, but I imagine there are some who would honestly answer …it’s been awhile. Which is why you are hearing about a worship task force, a new fireside worship service, and new and different things in our current services. We are striving toward varied ways of worshipping God so that the varied people who make up Hope and our greater community can experience opportunities here that allow them “to show reverence and adoration” for God.
What does worship mean to you? What does it look like for you – inside and outside the church? What makes for a worshipful experience? We welcome your thoughts and feedback.
Right now, Hope praises God in God’s sanctuary. With the addition of our fireside service, we will be praising God in God’s mighty firmament. Together we will continue to praise the Lord. Some things might look exactly the same. Some things might change a bit. Some things might change a lot. But at the heart of it all is and will be our reverence and adoration for God. Please come and worship with us!
“Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament! Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” Psalm 150:1,6
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