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Thursday, May 23, 2019 4:21 PM

Thursday, May 23, 2019 4:21 PM
Thursday, May 23, 2019 4:21 PM

Lately, I have been reading through a few of my old books. One that caught my eye is a book by Jim Harnish, a retired UMC preacher. The book is: You Only Have to Die, a concept most of us don’t really want to talk about. The book is about how UMC congregations can become the catalysts for our vision to “Go make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

He has a chapter on worship where he makes four points as to what worship really is. The 4th point is: Worship Motivates Ministry. I will quote part of that chapter. “What we do in worship and what God does with us is not an insignificant thing. In worship we are dealing with the reality of God’s power to transform the world. The God who meets the world in its suffering calls us to go into that world as the channel of God’s redeeming, liberating love. Genuine worship motivates us for obedient ministry in the world.”

He then uses the analogy of the church as a professional football game, in which the stands are filled with 80,000 spectators needing exercise watching 22 players that need a rest. Then he points out that genuine worship “never leaves us as spectators. It motivates us to do something that we would not otherwise do.” I honestly don’t think that this means making some Facebook post, or tweeting, or even writing a letter to the editor. I have honestly found that most of those “suffering, marginalized people” could really care less about our votes, tweets and posts.

What they care about is, are we out there with them. Read Isaiah 58 if you want God’s definition of real worship.

How are we going to worship God Monday through Saturday of this week? Being a spectator, Geaux Jesus!

– Barry

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