“Theology is the North Pole and art the South Pole of the Christian Life. Theology is the study of what God does and says; art is what people say and do in the entire context of what God says and does…. You can’t have one without the other…’”

-Eugene Peterson 1932-2018

Worship is Hope

Hope isn’t just a concept.  Hope is a person and his name is Jesus.  In a world that can seem very dark and hopeless, we need to remind ourselves and each other about the grace of Jesus.  Worship is one of the places we regularly do that…let’s talk…

Worship is Lament AND Praise

6 years ago, we lost my son. Since then, we’ve been on a journey through lament (expressing our pain to God), mercy, healing, joy and praise. I think this is the process God wants for all of us. As Psalm 126 says, “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.”

Also, here is a copy of the “Psalm 142 Spoken Word”:

Psalm 142 Spoken Word

Lord, I am crying aloud to you.

Lord, I am lifting my voice

Because I have no choice,

but to cry for mercy.

I am pouring out my heart,

I am pouring out my trouble,

Amidst the rubble

of confusion and complaint.

Now when my spirit is faint inside of me.

It is you who watches my way

Even when evil tries to lay

A snare for my feet.

There is no friend beside me;

Lord, look and see,
no one is concerned for me.
I have no safety for my soul;

It feels like no one cares for my life.

Lord, I am crying out to you.

Lord, you guard my heart

And I know this is all apart

Of living in your loving life.

So listen to my heart’s cry,
for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from fears that feed

On my soul, for they are too strong.

Set me free from my prison of pain,
that I may praise your holy name.

that the righteous who came

to comfort me, will praise You…

Because of your goodness,

Because of your goodness,

Because of your goodness, Jesus,

…to me.

Worship Is Identity

Much of the time, we think about worship in terms of what we do.  We sing, we listen, we read, we pray, we give, we serve, we do…do…do…do.  But first, worship is our identity in Christ.  Let’s talk…

If worship is about ‘ascribing worth’, then it’s easy to see where worship goes wrong. Adam and Eve think what they’ll gain from the fruit is of greater worth than what they have with God…

As sinless image bearers, Adam and Eve were part of creation’s perpetual testimony to the worthiness – the goodness, glory, brilliance and beauty – of God’s handiwork. As soon as they sinned, the broke rank with that testimony, choosing to exalt and serve their own glory.

-Mike Cosper, Rhythms of Grace

In worship our focus is not on self, not on our problems, not on other people or circumstances, but on God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. But too often we drag into worship all those everyday life issues that have concerned us over the past week or more. . . .

Our calling is to be present to the action that is taking place, to focus on the moment, to center on the Christ…

-Robert Webber, Worship Is a Verb: Celebrating God’s Mighty Deeds of Salvation, Second Edition

There is a need for personal preparation before the service of worship begins. . . . Worship has to do with our heart, our interior person, our longing for God, our openness to his Spirit. Before worship we must learn to center our thoughts and our whole being so that we may behold God, listen to him, and internalize his message for us.

-Robert Webber, Worship Is a Verb: Celebrating God’s Mighty Deeds of Salvation

Worship is Loving One Another

This past weekend, we had a tech crisis. But in the middle of a crisis, our bigger problem was loving one another. All of life is worship and that includes the way we love another another.

Creating Art Helps Us Become More Like God

When we create art, we become co-creators with God. We also help people see the beautiful world God made in a new way.