If you read any of the blogs that I read you have probably heard this 100 times. I apologize for that but I feel that it is important in wrapping up our discussion on worship.
The most common use of the word worship in Christianity is associated with the gathering of the church. We gather to worship God, or we are there for corporate worship, or we are singing worship songs. Based on the definition I gave yesterday it seems inconsistent to set aside a certain time for worship as opposed to the everyday activities of our lives. So then what is the purpose of gathering? Well based on a quick look in the New Testament it seems pretty clear:
How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. – 1Cor. 14:26
speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord – Eph. 5:9
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. – Heb. 10:24-25
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. – 1 Pet. 4:10-11
So it appears that the reason the church gathers is not to give God some special kind of worship that is uniquely different from that which we offer everyday, all the time, but that we gather to encourage and edify one another. We gather to serve each other with songs and teachings and revelations and hymns and so on. is this an act of worship to God? Sure it is, assuming we are doing it as an act of love for our brothers and sisters flowing from our love for God, but the worship is expressed in loving actions toward each other, not by some special ritualistic expression, but in real concrete care for one another.
What do you think? Do you believe this is why the church should come together? Do you believe this is what happens when you gather with the church? Can God truly be worshiped by us serving one another?