“The eleven disciples went to the hill in Galilee where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him…Jesus drew near and said to them…Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples…” – Matthew 28 selected verses (Good News Translation)
Have you ever noticed how often we find people worshipping in the early church? They were so convinced that Jesus was alive and at work in the world around them that they couldn’t wait to worship. Have you noticed that worship in the early church doesn’t just happen in a particular building (after all there were no church buildings), but worship happened whenever and wherever Christians gathered together? In the book of Acts we find the church worshipping with passion and joy, by the side the river, in a jail cell, and in people’s homes. What happens as a result of their worship? Amazing things! People become followers of Jesus, disciples boldly share good news, and people’s lives were transformed.
Passionate worship draws us to God, connects us with God and transforms our lives. Passionate worship helps us to open our hearts and hands to God, and God’s Kingdom. As we grow in our ability to worship God with passion and joy, we will find God changing our lives as individuals and as a church.
As summer approaches we may be more likely to want to skip worship, as we travel or visit relatives or friends. Let me encourage you to find a place to worship each week, whether you are in Antigo or not. Worship helps us refocus our lives around God and reminds us to look at our lives from God’s perspective.
We have several special worship services coming up this summer. This month we will be Blessing the Animals once again in Ryland Hall. We also hope to once again to hold an outdoor worship service in July or August.
Our worship becomes more passionate as each of us comes to worship with hearts prepared, and as we share our gifts and talents with one other. Come and worship with us in the month of June (July and August too!)…and may you experience anew, the joy of knowing the resurrected and powerful Lord Jesus Christ!
Grace and Peace,