10.23.2008

Perfect Church?

Corporate worship means a lot to me. I’m not quite sure where I would begin describing how and why joining a group of believers for worship encourages my faith walk. I was taught very early, and have recently heard a phrase that encompasses the thought so precisely, that you don’t go to church to worship; you go worshipping. That is, you recognize the presence of God with you not just in a pew, but everywhere else you are. This recognition completes you, fills you and reminds you of the great wonder of God. As corny, fake or self-righteous as it may sound, I don’t lack anything in my corporate worship experiences.

A worship service can be compared to a day in the life of someone. There are times things seem backwards, confused, wonderful, just right and everything else in between (that goes for a day and a worship service). None of that takes away from who God is. So, I can live in that confidence and reassurance of God’s presence. I think, in part, this is what Paul had in mind:
I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
(Philippians 4:10-13)


Stay blessed...john

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