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What is worship?

What is Worship?

If you were to look up the term worship, you would likely find the following definition:  reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage. Martin Luther offers us a slightly different thought as he tells us: “We worship whatever we fear, love, and trust the most.”  If you were to poll 100 non-Christians, asking them what they place their trust in, you would likely get a wide variety of answers.  By comparison, Luther would anticipate hearing from the believer, in the words of the Small Catechism: “We are to fear, love and trust God above all things.” Our trust and devotion is demonstrated through the act of worship.

Why we worship. (8 reasons the list may grow)

1)      It is pleasing to God.  Worship it is an act of obedience to God as it honors the third Commandment: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy (Ex. 20:8).

2)      We grow from being taught and hearing the insights of others, as opposed to always depending on ourselves to read and study the Bible.

3)      For fellowship, Christ tells us:  “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I’m there among them” (Matt. 18:20).  It is important to belong to a community of faith that includes others who are trying to live faithful lives just as we are.

4)      Church is the only place where somebody will look you in the eye and say, “The body of Christ, given for you. The blood of Christ shed for you.” See how you matter. Remember how profoundly God loves you.

5)      We need an alternative to the constant messages of a culture that ignores God and the teachings of scripture.

6)      To seek help.  There will be times in our lives where struggles begin to build up.  In such times, we need to let go and place our burdens in God’s hand.  We need assurance that we are not alone in such times.

7)      We need an intentional break from work, family issues, and self-interests in order to concentrate on the Lord.

 How we worship.

Christians all around the world worship differently. Music varies, visuals differ, and even the duration of worship fluctuates. Lutherans as a rule follow what are referred to as liturgical traditions, which have been developed through centuries of practice. This enables worshipers to connect with the Church of every time and every place. More importantly, it helps us to faithfully celebrate and share the good news of the Gospel amongst ourselves, and wherever we go.