Worship as a Lifestyle
Our highest calling in life is to bring glory to God. Worship is more than an event we attend and more than the songs we sing. It is the God-centered life we live. Perhaps the Apostle Paul captured it best, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1)
Consider the following statements regarding the all encompassing nature of worship:
“Worship is our response of all that we are to all that God is and does.” Warren Wiersbe
“Worship is the intelligent (and appropriate) response to God’s self-revelation in His words and works as recorded in Scripture.” John Stott
“Worship is seeing what God is worth and giving Him what He is worth.” Tim Keller
In a more specific sense worship is at the heart of our corporate gathering as a church. It is our desire that the corporate worship of MBCC be God-focused, biblically based, reverent and relevant. It involves all that is done within each service, including music, preaching, prayer, scripture reading, ordinances, etc,
Worship through Music
Worship is essentially our appropriate response to who God is, what He says and what He does. At times, our response will be loud and celebratory, and at times, it will be quiet and contemplative. Both are seen throughout the Scriptures and both are necessary to adequately reflect our total worship experience.
The most edifying and enduring worship is a combination of what one author calls rootedness and reach. Because every generation is building on the insights of previous generations, it is not only appropriate but essential that we understand and honor the roots of our worship. At the same time, our worship must avoid idolizing the past because God has more to teach His people and more people to reach. Each generation should be making its own contribution with fresh expressions of worship, while appreciating our rich heritage. Therefore, we desire to tap into the best of past and present songs that will lead us into deeper worship of God.
As a result, each week, we are committed to worship that is God-centered and genuine, transcending personal preferences while promoting a spirit of understanding and unity. Our hope and our aim is to always foster singing in the congregation using both hymns and modern worship songs that lead us to worship celebration, confession and contemplation. We use songs that have both scriptural truth and depth of meaning to challenge and engage our congregation to participate in worship through singing.
For more information on worship or participating in the band or tech team, contact Jacquie Long at firstname.lastname@example.org.