When we gather on a weekend, there are many things that are considered: what songs will best connect with our congregation, which ones of those best help to support the message, what does the Lord want to say through worship, and on and on.
Within that lies a deep desire within me for our congregation to know certain things about worship - what it is and isn’t. So, since you asked, :) here’s my list:
1) It’s not about them.
We are glad that they have come, but if worship is about pleasing them with the style, the song, the number of songs, the sound, the video… then we’re worshipping them and not Jesus.
2) It’s not about us.
Yes, we work diligently and put a lot of prayer equity, rehearsal and planning into our worship sets and the weekends, but if it is to showcase our musicianship or vocal ability… then we’re worshipping ourselves and not Jesus.
3) It’s not about the songs.
Worship is how we enter in and actually has very little to do with music… a heart ready to hear, ready to be changed from the inside out, ready to surrender it all to the One we are there to worship, is worship. If it’s focused on the latest worship song or the most reverent hymn… then we’re worshipping the song and not Jesus.
4) It’s not about the experience.
Creating an environment where people can freely worship and can do so free from distraction is a primary goal, but if it's about the lights, or the sound, or the cameras… then we’re worshipping the production and not Jesus.
5) It is about Him.
Worship is a relationship. He wants to share everything with us… the good, the bad, the exciting, the epic failures. He wants us to bring all of that with us each weekend and express it to him in songs, offerings, communion, candles, prayer and notes pinned to crosses. Being willing to lay down our week and say, ‘Thank you for your goodness in that situation’, or ‘Thank you for being faithful this week’, or ‘Thank you for that hard situation, it’s drawing me closer to you’. If that’s the case… then we’re worshipping Jesus and expressing that worship, in whatever form pours out of our hearts. That is what we’re after.
I want the congregation to know that the MOST important thing is experiencing His power and His presence.... it's all about Him.
(this post was taken with permission from Tara's personal blog, ransacked by grace.)