What do you think of when you hear the word worship? Music? Church Service? Sunday Morning? Worship is too big to confine to an event or activity. British New Testament scholar and retired Anglican bishop Tom Wright says this about worship, “‘worship’ means, literally, ‘worth-ship’: to accord worth, true value, to something, to recognize and respect it for the true worth it has.”* In order to declare God’s worth, worshipers have to know the worth of God; to know the worth of God, the worshiper has to know God.
This Sunday Jon Wenrich will begin a new sermon series call Wired for Worship. God created every person to declare His worth. Sadly, we often misdirect worship on to other things, people, and (most pitifully) ourselves. In this series of messages, we will see that God created the universe so that it would display the worth of his glory. Then He created us so that we would see His glory and reflect it by knowing and loving Him.
We can express worship in various forms but the heart of the worshiper determines the acceptability of his or her worship. Since worship ushers us into the presence of God, we must approach Him in reverence and awe. It is not a one time a week function; rather, it is a deliberate act of recognizing Him and entering into His presence every day.
Don’t forget to come early this Sunday for coffee and doughnuts at 8:30. It is a great time to catch up with others before Sunday school.
* Wright, Tom, For All God’s Worth. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1997.
Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Eric grew up in the little town of Gibraltar, PA with his grandparents. He met his wife Cheryl while working at Good’s Greenhouse in Bowmansville, PA. He has three adult children and values watching them grow into the people God wants them to be.