I've been thinking recently about what worship is (again)... I have been challenged by some things at church, where changes have been taking place. But within that, it is abundantly clear that regardless of anything else, God wants us to worship him.
Aside from that, my Spiritual Director has been advising me on studying the bible via topic, so I have been studying worship, what the bible says about it and what we think it is.
Worship to many, means the music in the service, and I admit I am probably one of those, I always confuse my non-evangelical freinds when I talk about 'the worship team'. Evangelicals know this means the band. But of course they are right to be confused. God doesn't just ask us to worship him in music.
The bible talks about bowing down in worship; kneeling. The wise men (oh, oops I mean Magi) came to worship the newborn Jesus; it tells us to honour the Lord, to serve Him. I love in Mathew where it talks of the women seeing Jesus after his resurrection. It says:
And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him. (Mathew 28:9)
I really wonder what they did. It says they grasped his feet and worshipped him. I don't suppose it means that they burst into song. Perhaps they declared their love for him, perhaps they were bowed down in front as they grasped his feet (probably couldn't do that standing up, let's face it..). I imagine they were delighted, relieved maybe; laughing, smiling perhaps, and even fearful - after all they had seen him die. I think if I were them I'd give him a big hug. Could all of this be worship?
I love the Changing Worship Blog and came across this post recently looking at the Lenny Kravitz song 'are you gonna go my way', which idiotically had never occured to me that it was about Jesus. derrr...;) But that's beside the point, the point is I love the blog because it (I mean him - Robb, the writer) is focussed on alternative worship, usually rock-based, and I love that. If the church is going to move forward, we need to look forward. And not only that we need to look out - to people who are, lets face it, never going to come to a 'normal' church. Not difficult really, but to some it seems like the end of the world... If the bible can refer to worship as many different things, shouldn't we be drawing lessons from that?
I'm sorry this post isn't longer, there is so much going round my head, but I think there will be more posts as I analyse it all (probably too much...) and I would welcome input or suggestions of places to visit on this subject. thanks :)