All of life is worship.
We are all worshippers, whether we admit it or not. It is what we were made for. We’re made for intimacy with God to the point that he’s the hero of our stories. So when we do not worship God, then we become the heroes of our story. We end up worshiping other things by living for another person, pleasure, accomplishment, money, significance, a career, approval and power. These are actually very good things, but neither are they meant to bring you ultimate joy; they are not intended for our worship - in fact, they are meant to help us worship and love our Creator. When we give ourselves to these things, we actually dehumanize ourselves.
Our worship tells us a story
The good news of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection proclaims that we can freely receive what none of our own efforts or accomplishments could ever achieve for us — acceptance, approval, and reconciliation with our Creator God. Jesus frees us and reconnects us to our Creator, so we are able to worship God instead of the things he created. Since all things were created by God, they belong to him, and we are now able to celebrate Him with the things he has created.
Our worship makes us into a new people
We become what we worship, as we lift our hearts to a holy, loving and gracious God, then we become more and more like him. The specific rhythm of our worship services help tell us and others about who God is — one worthy to be praised, one who reconciles us to himself, and one who comes near.
So what kind of people are we striving to become?
Please note the following descriptions are taken from our Living Liturgy Sermon Series.
A People Of Grace (Romans 15:7)
Our life with God is completely, thoroughly, utterly by grace. We are not Christians because we do good things or know the right things. We are Christians because God is gracious. He loves because he loves, not because of who we are, or what we do, or anything else. The church is meant to be a place for people to belong and then believe. So God always intended for his church to be places of grace — because he first loved us.
A People Of Wonder (Habakkuk 3:2)
God is the creator of all things, the one who holds all things together, and the one in whom we live and move and have our being. Everything he made, he declared “good!” This is incredible. But God further intends that knowing him and having life with him is meant to be enjoyed and shared with others. There’s an incredible link between wonder and love. If we do not marvel at God, then we will never pray; if we never pray, then we cannot love. So we’re committed to cultivating a sense of wonder in our lives, which always begins with worshiping God.
A People Of Authenticity (Psalm 32)
We commit to sharing our lives with one another, where we confess our sins and brokenness. This authenticity is a humble acknowledge that none of us have our lives or acts together, instead we humbly confess that we are sinners who need to pursue wholeness in Jesus.
A People Of Mercy & Justice (Isaiah 1:17)
We aspire to live lives of justice and mercy, where we embody the good news as God’s sent people in the world. We commit to using our privilege in a Christlike manner to proactively improve conditions and systems - spiritual, social, economic, vocational - and reactively use our resources to meet the felt needs of our church-family and local community.
A People Of Generosity (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
Everything we have is from God, who intends us to share ourselves, our stuff, our time and skills to others. Jesus tells us, ‘it is better to give than to receive.’ Our entire life with God is a gift, secured in the ultimate gift of Jesus giving his life so that we would have life with God. So we commit to giving gladly, generously, and sacrificially to see God’s kingdom come.
A People Of Story (Luke 24:27)
Our experiences matter, as we are a storied people. They make and shape us into the people we are. But our past mistakes and successes, the names people call us or the reputations we live by, the families we grew up in or the friends we claim do not define us. Instead the true story of our lives is God’s story. So we embrace his story as our own. It shapes everything about us.