For this week's blog post, I'm sharing the "Message from the Pastor" that will appear in St. Luke's November newsletter. If you haven't had a chance to peruse the church's new website, please do so by visiting this link. You can read our newsletters, share prayer requests, peruse photographs, and learn more about the Spirit's moving in our corner of the Mississippi delta. If you live in this area and do not have a church to call, "home," please come hang out with us. We're a work in progress just like you are. As always, thanks for reading and listening with me, friends. I hope each of you will find a place to worship this weekend.
The Heart of Worship: It’s All About You, Jesus
“Why should we go to church?”
There are plenty of sermons and books and conversations that have attempted to answer this question over the years. There are plenty of reasons to go to church. Many of us can probably think of “reasons” not to go to church as well, a topic I explored in a blog series last year. Yet I think there’s a more important question to ask:
Why do we worship?
It’s possible to go to church without worshipping. It’s also possible to worship without going to church. But when we choose to go to church and worship, what Spirit power is available to us!
There are as many definitions of “worship” as there are reasons to go to church. Yet the one that frequently comes to my mind is in the form of a song.
I’m coming back to the heart of worship /
And it’s all about You, Jesus /
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it /
When it’s all about You /
It’s all about You, Jesus.
Matt Redman wrote “The Heart of Worship” for his congregation in the United Kingdom after the pastor made a radical decision. In what Redman describes as “a period of apathy” in the church, the pastor took away the sound system and instruments. The only music for weeks was the sound of the peoples’ voices. In an interview with Crosswalk.com, Redman said, “His point was that we’d lost our way in worship, and the way to get back to the heart would be to strip everything away.”
By the time the band and sound system returned, the congregation had a new perspective on worship: a reminder of the simple phrase, “It’s all about Jesus.”
As we begin preparations for Advent, and the coming of the Christ child, our sermon series will focus on why and how we worship. Don’t worry: I don’t plan to move the organ or piano out of the church or to unplug the sound system. But I do hope that all of us will clear the clutter from around our hearts so that we might hear love flowing from the Father’s heart to us all.
all good things to each of you,