God created us to worship. Without sin in the world, we would exist solely
to worship God. God deserves 100% of us ...a "living sacrifice, which is our
spiritual worship" (Romans 12:1). Yet as sinners, we struggle to give God
even a tiny portion of the worship He deserves. It is our desire to go
deeper in our worship, to give God even a tiny portion of the worship He
deserves. It is our desire to go deeper in our worship, to give God more of
ourselves, to live worship as a lifestyle, as we truly allow Jesus to be the
Lord of our lives.
We are created in the image of God, the Creator of all that is. When we
behold God's creation, it is hard not to be awed by the beauty that God has
given to us. We have such a creative Creator! And if we are created in God's
image, then God has built creativity into us as well. True to the scope of
God's limitless creativity, each of us expresses creativity in different
ways. Some are creative musically, others artistically, others perhaps
mathematically. Yet others may be creative with crafts or with knitting and
sewing. Others may be creative thinkers or creative problem-solvers. God has
given each of us the gift of creativity in some way. Some of us have things
that we may do well, but do not recognize those things as being
'creative'. Yet God has given all of us 'built in' creativity in some way.
Our responsibility and privilege, then, is to use that creativity to glorify
God and to express our worship.
Such worship is engaging, exciting, and passionate. It is worship that
not only glorifies God, but blesses and uplifts us as well, as the
Holy Spirit moves in our midst in response to our worship. We feel that God
is calling for our worship to be defined by three "action" concepts:
1. Authentic-God desires our worship to be real...an expression of our
gratitude and praise to Him...not just 'going through the motions'.
2. Uplifting--worship should be uplifting and passionate,
something that strikes at the very core of who we are, created for the very
worshiping our Creator.
3.Creative--as God has given each of us
creative gifts and talents, a part of our responsibility as faithful
Christians and stewards of God's kingdom is to use that creativity as an
expression of worship.
By our worship, we glorify God and reflect
the coming of God's kingdom here on earth, and we experience the Spirit of
God in ways that are super-natural...beyond human comprehension. Worship is
one of the only things in life that cannot be corrupted by our fallen world.
When we come into the presence of God with worship and praise on our hearts,
we communion with Him in the most pure way possible, May our lives, our
community of faith, and our gatherings together be powerful and
meaningful as we pursue authentic, uplifting, and creative worship of God