Sunday is coming! Perhaps as you are reading this article, we are wrapping up our VBS “Power Up” experience and jumping right into our Kids & Student summer camps. You will be hearing more about how amazing our VBS has been this year. And yet, as you are reading this, it is also true that Sunday is coming. By now, followers of Jesus should know that worship is so much more than what we experience on Sundays, and yet, there is something special when the church gathers for worship.
In this online series, we have been exploring the seven major Hebrew words for worship. It is interesting that our God is so amazing that one word is not adequate to express our praise for Him. The seven major words cover everything from singing, praying, playing instruments, bowing, shouting, and throwing our hands in the air. And here as we come to the final edition of this series, we consider how we can experience a greater freedom in worship as these words encourage us to do. What would it take for our God awareness in worship to overshadow and eclipse our self awareness?
Consider the anticipation. Jesus promised a day when His followers would worship in Spirit and truth (see John 4:23). There was anticipation when Jesus made that promise, and we live in the reality of worshiping in the presence of the Holy Spirit and the truth of God’s Word. Those are the key ingredients for our worship: God’s Spirit and God’s Word. Yet, you also are a key ingredient and can be better prepared to encounter God’s presence through anticipation.
What do you expect when you enter our worship center? Have you prayed in advance for this encounter with God? Are you reflective of how God has been working in your life all week long? Sunday is coming. Let’s be ready for all that God has for us this Sunday! -Jason