It’s just a little over two years ago that I presented a sermon series here at Sligo on the topic of worship that I titled, Called to Worship. In this series we looked at what I considered to be four very important aspects of worship as it relates to the life of the believer: The Heart of Worship, The Law of Worship, The Walk of Worship and the War of Worship. My goal for creating this series was to help bring us as disciples of Christ to a fuller understanding of this thing called worship and the role that it is to play in our lives. A role, by the way, that is much more profound than many Christians today truly realize.
I’m sure that at some time in your life you have played the word association game. In case you’re not familiar with it, it’s the game where someone says a word and then you are to respond by saying the first word that pops into your head. For instance, if I were to say door, maybe your response would be bell or maybe even man. Understand? Now if I were to say the word worship, what would be your response? Well, I have actually done this little experiment before and by far the number one response to worship has been the word music. For some reason these two words within the culture of the church have become synonymous with one another. And in my opinion, that is not a good thing. Because what it does is limit our worship of God to a song. And as songwriter Matt Redman reminds us in his song the Heart of Worship, “It is more than a song that God requires.”
As we mentioned a few weeks ago, this Sabbath the Sligo family will be welcoming Dr. Cheryl Wilson Bridges to our pastoral team as the pastor for worship. And over the next several several weeks and months, she will be sharing with us the “big picture” of worship and the role that God has designed for it to play in the lives of His children. So I encourage you to join us this Sabbath as we welcome Dr. Bridges and her family to the Sligo family. But more than that, I invite you to accept the “call to worship” that God has placed on your life. It is a call that is more than a song and bigger than any day of the week, because it is a call that encompasses all that you and I are as followers of Christ.