Saturday, January 2, 2010

Discipline of Worship

"Worship is meant to be the highlight of our week, but sometimes it can become a burden in an already full schedule. Too often worship is not the refreshment to our weary souls that it is designed to be. Jesus says, 'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest' (Matthew 11:28). Do you associate that verse with coming to weekly worship? Do you find yourself refreshed and rested after worship? Unfortunately, many of us answer no to these questions too many times...

"The reason worship is considered one of the spiritual disciplines, or habits, is because many times we don't feel uplifted or joyful when we think of coming to church, so we need to have the discipline of going anyway. God promises that he will be there at that worship service and that he will meet us in the community of our brothers and sisters in Christ to help all of us rise to a new perspective on our lives and the things of this world. The question this discipline asks is, will we be there?"
--Valerie Hess

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