‘My soul is Alive with Worship’ is the line of the chorus of a Simon Brading (Newday Worship) song that we have sung a few times in Hope Church. I often wonder how ‘Alive with Worship’ some people feel at 10:30am on a Sunday morning. Coming into worship on Sunday can sometimes feel like a slog. We have a tendency to bring our baggage of the week with us, our current mood or our preconceptions on whether our favourite worship song will be sung. Sometimes the delivery of style, approach and musicality can be off putting or a distraction. Perhaps you’ve waited the whole week to get to that half hour on a Sunday morning and it has seemed to slip away from you. We’ve benefitted from some great guest worship leaders this year to help us appreciate different ways of experiencing sung worship to God.
At the end of the day, we as Christians, are called to whole life worship by God, not just a 30 minute slot on a Sunday. Let this great scripture from Romans be something to try and live by in 2019:
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognise what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. ROMANS 12:1-2 (MSG)
So maybe you don’t always feel ‘Alive with Worship’ but at least you can be ‘Living in Worship’ with all that you do. That said we, as Hope Church Worship Team, look forward to leading you and worshiping with you on a Sunday morning over this coming year!
Written by Luke Middleton