Thoughts from the Lake 4, by Dave Cornelius

What does worship mean to you?
We spend a lot of time and energy talking about excellence in worship but seldom do we actually spend equal time and energy defining what worship really is.

Worship is so much more than the hour we spend in corporate worship on Sunday morning. As some of my former students suggested, “Excellence is not an option. It’s a way of life.”

As we consider how to achieve excellence in worship we need to consider some basic truths I was reminded of in a recent post from Dan Wilt.
First, we need to consider the nature of God, who is simultaneously
? Creator (this vast cosmos should stretch us uncomfortably!),
? King (the covenantal metaphor driving the testaments),
? Trinity (a remarkable image that should move us at our core), and
? Savior (God always steps into our mess…).
We need to understand the nature of human beings, who are simultaneously
? Sub-Creators (made to be makers, dreamers, and song singers!)
? Image Bearers (humans are the vice-regents of planet Earth),
? Community Builders (by design, we renew each other), and
? Salvation Storytellers (we become the stories we sing and tell).
And we need to reflect on the reality that Worship is a
? Creative act (worship has wild possibilities!), a
? Royal act (humans are the lead worshippers of creation), a
? Relational act (worship is powered by unity and creativity), and a
? Narrative act (worship tells God’s Story – then ours in turn!).
If these concepts aren’t mind-blowing enough, try writing a short description of your worship theology. When you have done that consider what you are willing to do in order to achieve the level of excellence required by your God.
Remember my students? “Excellence is not an option. It’s a way of life.”