I want to encourage you to read the following quote slooooowly and then to reflect upon the implications for when churches gather… “We love God because he has revealed the gospel to us, so it is natural that our expression of love would be framed by the contours of his redemptive work. Worship is our love response to his loving provision, so nothing is more … Continue reading Worship shaped by the contours of God’s redemptive work
Here is a thoughtful quote on the importance of thinking carefully about the shape (some might even say structure) of our Sunday gatherings: “During his many years of fruitful ministry, noted churchman Edmund Clowney advised many to think of their corporate worship as “doxological evangelism.” His words were a reminder that true worship without evident gladness, awe, and security in God’s redemptive provision and providential … Continue reading Doxological Evangelism
Psalm 30:4-5 “Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” The people of God have always sung! We sing when our eyes are fixed, not on the near horizon of our current circumstances, … Continue reading We sing…
“Some wag has said that Americans work at their play, play at their worship, and worship their work.” D.A. Carson I want to suggest this could just as easily be applied to those who call the United Kingdom home. Continue reading All in a muddle
Here is a wonderful modern doxology written by Garry A. Parrett (2001): Each perfect gift from heaven’s heights comes from our Father, God of lights, who knows full well our ev’ry need and ev’ry prayer of faith will heed (James 1:17) When we were held by sin’s fierce chain, Heaven’s greatest loss was our great gain, for grasping not his throne above, Christ … Continue reading Doxology
“In the same way that, according to Jesus, you cannot find yourself until you lose yourself, so also you cannot find excellent corporate worship until you stop trying to find excellent corporate worship and pursue God himself.” D.A. Carson Continue reading A challenge from D.A. Carson on gathering for worship.
Last week we started to look at how can we cultivate worship in the day-to-day reality of our lives. We looked at Psalm 105, and especially verse 4 which says ‘Seek his face always’. This week I’d like us to explore what it means to seek his face. His face First, and probably easiest to communicate, is what this verse doesn’t say. It does not say … Continue reading Help! I don’t play a guitar and I can’t sing: How can I worship God? (part 2)
A few weeks ago I was with our new Worship Community at the Fletton Centre. They asked me to talk about Worship in our personal lives. It was such a great evening together that I thought I would turn my notes into a couple of articles for Life News. How can we cultivate worship in our own day-to-day lives? This is such a critical question, … Continue reading Help! I don’t play a guitar and I can’t sing: How can I worship God? (part 1)