Well… I apologize Blog-World for neglecting you. But, I’ll get right back to it.
Here at GPS -we just finished our “Worshippers Wanted” Series. The goal was to explore the different ways that we as believers can worship God and out of that to be able to learn that worship SHOULD be a part of our every day lives. It is not something that happens just on Sundays or Wednesdays.
Here are some of the different things that we did:
On April 21st we had three different Stations at the beginning and then came altogether for a Corporate Worship time!
Station 1: ACTS Prayer
This was the classic, but effective prayer that has the students go through and reflect on 4 different things about God these things are ADORATION (praise Jesus for one or several of His attributes (e.g., sovereign, gracious, holy, perfect, merciful, all knowing, loving, just, powerful, ever present, creative) both generally or as it applies to your circumstances), CONFESSION (tell Jesus what you have done wrong and why, apologize to Him, seek forgiveness, and thank Him for it.), THANKSGIVING (express your gratitude to Jesus for His love, mercy, grace, leading, sustenance, discipline, and blessing.), SUPPLICATION (ask Jesus to guide, heal, protect, comfort, sustain, or provide for you, or intercede for someone else.).
Station 2: Scripture Meditation
In this station, the students read and prayed over John 15 and how Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. The intent was for them to truly learn how they can ABIDE in God and He has promised that He surely will ABIDE in them. Also, just how we should be seeking to bear fruit!
Station 3: Being Still
In this last station, we all sat outside in nature and just reflected on our lives and God. Being still is one of the most amazingly powerful worship experiences…but also one of the hardest things to do. I am as ADD as the next day, so I know this is hard for me…but I am reminded of the story of Elijah and how God wasn’t in the earthquake or fire or anything else…but He was in the “Silence”…we aren’t silent enough…we aren’t still enough to hear God…
WORSHIP THROUGH SERVICE
April 28th! On this day we put our worship into what we were doing. The girls stuffed bags for needy mothers and organized the worship center. The guys cleaned out a shed and did some heavy lifting. We should begin to see SERVICE and acts of kindness as worship. To literally Be the hands and feet of God.
WORSHIP – PRAISE HABIT
May 5th we took a closer look at Praise as a Habit of your every day lives. I absolutely love the book “PRAISE HABIT: Finding God in Sunsets and Sushi” by David Crowder where he goes through the Psalms and brings out his own personal rantings and views on Worship. It is an amazing book that begs readers to make worship a HABIT (but the good kind) that inundates it into your every day, sometimes fast paced, sometimes mundane life!
If you haven’t read it…GO AND GET IT!! Or borrow it from me! 🙂
WORSHIP THROUGH ART
On May 12th, Robyn Cloud came and led the students into a worship time through ART! She didn’t say anything, yet instead expressed her message through what she was painting on the canvas. She worshipped the WORD of God through a beautiful piece of art. Then after the Students had 4 different options of how they could express their worship through ART. Sketching, Journaling, Painting, or Collaging. A lot of the students absolutely loved this…and I have about 50 beautiful pieces of art in my Office now! 🙂
WORSHIP: Micah 6:8
Micah 6:8 says
“He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.”
This is a call for us to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. So GPS invited Mike Rush from the CobbleStone Project, Lexy Hancock from OVERLOOKED, and Brittney, Becca, and Ashley from 3Bagsin2Days to come speak to us about the Social Justice Projects that are going on right here in Northwest Arkansas!
We have a call to take our worship of God and allow that to effect others. Our efforts shouldn’t be isolated to the Church, but to the communities and world around us!
Overall it was an amazing series, but I do believe that we as the Church need to continually teach the next generations about worship! We have a God that deserves our HIGHEST PRAISE and I want to help Him receive the glory He deserves!!