“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your strength, and with all your mind…” Luke 10:27
What does worship mean to you? How would you describe what worship is all about?
That verse from Luke chapter 10, an echo of words found in Deuteronomy chapter 6, is a reminder that central to our faith is an instruction to love God. What would it mean for us to view worship in this way?
If everything we did in worship was done ‘for the love of God’, what might we do to make our worship services more special?
When Robert Schnase considers this, he imagines different people within the church carrying out little tasks ‘for the love of God’. One person arranges flowers in the church ‘for the love of God’. Others tidy and clean the church, to make it an inviting and comfortable place to be. They arrange for communion to be taken to the housebound, and for the church to be made more accessible to those with disabilities.
The little changes reflected how important worship was within that congregation, and how, ‘for the love of God’, we all have a part to play.
What are the things which you do ‘for the love of God’ as a leader or participant that contributes to worship that is alive, engaging and passionate?
Schnase offers us this prayer and challenge:
Renew us in our love for you, O God,
so that our worship is neither dry nor empty,
but full of devotion, eagerness, and joy.
Challenge: Pray for those who prepare and lead worship in your congregation – the minister, musicians, readers, stewards, and others