In the reflection for Day 14, Robert Schnase shares the story of a church called Canterbury Chapel in Oaklahoma. The church congregation had declined until only a small group of people were left, but they were keen to continue to witness to their community and so they prayed for opportunities to love and serve the people around them.
They discovered that there was a great need for groups to support the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step recovery programme, so they took a risk and adapted their worship so that it complemented the 12-step system. This had a powerful effect as the church became a place for testimony, support and transformation. The congregation saw the impact and life-changing power of passionate worship
There are lots of different styles of worship, but in all of them, Schnase says, passionate worship involves an ‘aha’ moment that takes people into a deeper relationship with God.
Think about your own experiences of worship. Have you ever had an ‘aha’ moment? How did it change your worship life?
Schnase offers the following prayer and challenge
Open the eyes of my heart Lord,
so that I may see your extraordinary presence among us
in our ordinary worship each week.
Challenge: Invite someone to worship. Do all that you can to make your congregation’s worship a positive and life-changing experience for guests and other members.