In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the area of worship. I not only applaud this movement, but have also been deeply invested in it, as I believe that worship is the primary call for both individual followers of Jesus and for the Church as the Body of Christ in the world today. For most of my adult life, I have leveraged my gifts, passions and experiences to help shape dynamic worship environments, believing that corporate worship not only catalyzes but also fuels the People of God to live out their call and mission of God in their everyday lives.
While we have seen a great resurgence of interest in worship, unfortunately this renewed focus has also brought with it an extremely negative consequence – the culture of worship in the Church today is producing consumers of worship rather than participants in worship. As important and valuable as our worship gatherings are, my premise is this: true worship must extend beyond the walls of the corporate gathering and flow into our everyday, ordinary lives.
While there are many ways to describe and define worship, building upon a framework developed by Alexander Schmemann, I define worship as “offering our lives back to God for the life of the world.” This understanding of worship incorporates the genius of the “both/and” – it values both the liturgy of Sunday and the liturgy that must include our everyday, ordinary lives throughout the other six days of the week.
My current project is a book on worship with a working title of A Movable Feast: Worship for the Other Six Days. My intention for this project is to empower people to engage in a lifestyle of worship, a life marked by a deep love for God, others and the world.
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