Guest Post by Zach Tanksley: God’s Concert

Guest blogger: Thinker, blogger & 20-something Zach Tanksley was an intern of mine for several years during my time in Redding, California.

I find it interesting that as we worship we base our thoughts on how a worship service should go based on how the worshiper feels. Do they like it? Is it too loud? Too quiet? The lights to bright or too dim? How many people on the stage become a distraction? Are solos being selfish?

What we seem to stop asking is… Is this pleasing to GOD? Are we offering HIM our best? Is HE the center of our worship or is the tithe plate more important?

There is no template for the perfect worship service. There are no right answers to bring the logistics to their absolute perfect spot. Unplugged or laser lights are both optimal. The reality is that we simply need to offer to God something for HIM. We are joining together in adoration of our CREATOR, our FATHER, our SAVIOR. We are bringing him shouts of praise and intimate whispers of affection. Showering him with grandeur and offering to him simple hearts focused on HIM.

God desires so little from us while we make so much seem more important. When Jesus spoke to the samaritan woman he made it very simple. We worship with our spirit, we worship whole heartedly holding nothing back. We are to give him ourselves. Because that is all he wants, our worship and us to follow him giving him our everything. Our trust, our hurts, our joys, our sorrows, our EVERYTHING. Which means we can hand him our misgivings during a worship service too. We can repent and hand him our hearts so that we can worship him regardless of the scenario. It is not the responsibility of the Worship Producer, Worship Leader, or any form of staff to make one fall into a place of worship, that belongs to the heart of the worshiper.

“The time is coming when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, and that time is here already. You see, the Father too is actively seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24 New Century Version

 

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20 comments

  1. I think the ‘spirit and truth’ is the hardest yet most simple aspect of worship. What may be ‘truthful’ worship for one church congregation may not for another, and I think that goes for the individual. I dunno. I guess I’m still trying to figure it out.

    1. Matt…Even though things change from congregation to congregation and culture to culture, Jesus remains the same simple truth we seek in our work in putting on a “concert for God”. I love how Zach says:
      “There are no right answers to bring the logistics to their absolute perfect spot. Unplugged or laser lights are both optimal. The reality is that we simply need to offer to God something for HIM. “

  2. I think the ‘spirit and truth’ is the hardest yet most simple aspect of worship. What may be ‘truthful’ worship for one church congregation may not for another, and I think that goes for the individual. I dunno. I guess I’m still trying to figure it out.

    1. Matt…Even though things change from congregation to congregation and culture to culture, Jesus remains the same simple truth we seek in our work in putting on a “concert for God”. I love how Zach says:
      “There are no right answers to bring the logistics to their absolute perfect spot. Unplugged or laser lights are both optimal. The reality is that we simply need to offer to God something for HIM. “

  3. I think the ‘spirit and truth’ is the hardest yet most simple aspect of worship. What may be ‘truthful’ worship for one church congregation may not for another, and I think that goes for the individual. I dunno. I guess I’m still trying to figure it out.

    1. Matt…Even though things change from congregation to congregation and culture to culture, Jesus remains the same simple truth we seek in our work in putting on a “concert for God”. I love how Zach says:
      “There are no right answers to bring the logistics to their absolute perfect spot. Unplugged or laser lights are both optimal. The reality is that we simply need to offer to God something for HIM. “

  4. I think the ‘spirit and truth’ is the hardest yet most simple aspect of worship. What may be ‘truthful’ worship for one church congregation may not for another, and I think that goes for the individual. I dunno. I guess I’m still trying to figure it out.

    1. Matt…Even though things change from congregation to congregation and culture to culture, Jesus remains the same simple truth we seek in our work in putting on a “concert for God”. I love how Zach says:
      “There are no right answers to bring the logistics to their absolute perfect spot. Unplugged or laser lights are both optimal. The reality is that we simply need to offer to God something for HIM. “

  5. I think the ‘spirit and truth’ is the hardest yet most simple aspect of worship. What may be ‘truthful’ worship for one church congregation may not for another, and I think that goes for the individual. I dunno. I guess I’m still trying to figure it out.

    1. Matt…Even though things change from congregation to congregation and culture to culture, Jesus remains the same simple truth we seek in our work in putting on a “concert for God”. I love how Zach says:
      “There are no right answers to bring the logistics to their absolute perfect spot. Unplugged or laser lights are both optimal. The reality is that we simply need to offer to God something for HIM. “

  6. Yeah the whole concept behind this post is getting to the heart of the worshiper. Whether they are in a position of leadership within the church and more specifically in charge of the general worship production or a congregant of the church, or visitor for that matter. Whoever is participating in worship should be doing it for God not for whether they like the mix or not. This comes as a bit of a hard point for any Christian as well… everybody struggles with wanting things done their way, including myself.

  7. Yeah the whole concept behind this post is getting to the heart of the worshiper. Whether they are in a position of leadership within the church and more specifically in charge of the general worship production or a congregant of the church, or visitor for that matter. Whoever is participating in worship should be doing it for God not for whether they like the mix or not. This comes as a bit of a hard point for any Christian as well… everybody struggles with wanting things done their way, including myself.

  8. Yeah the whole concept behind this post is getting to the heart of the worshiper. Whether they are in a position of leadership within the church and more specifically in charge of the general worship production or a congregant of the church, or visitor for that matter. Whoever is participating in worship should be doing it for God not for whether they like the mix or not. This comes as a bit of a hard point for any Christian as well… everybody struggles with wanting things done their way, including myself.

  9. Yeah the whole concept behind this post is getting to the heart of the worshiper. Whether they are in a position of leadership within the church and more specifically in charge of the general worship production or a congregant of the church, or visitor for that matter. Whoever is participating in worship should be doing it for God not for whether they like the mix or not. This comes as a bit of a hard point for any Christian as well… everybody struggles with wanting things done their way, including myself.

  10. Yeah the whole concept behind this post is getting to the heart of the worshiper. Whether they are in a position of leadership within the church and more specifically in charge of the general worship production or a congregant of the church, or visitor for that matter. Whoever is participating in worship should be doing it for God not for whether they like the mix or not. This comes as a bit of a hard point for any Christian as well… everybody struggles with wanting things done their way, including myself.

  11. Thanks Zach for verbalizing those thoughts. Funny thing. This last Sunday, during worship, I sat with eyes closed and mouth shut as worship progressed on. My heart worshiped even though my mouth could not verbalize. I appreciate that those in leadership present the place to engage with God where I need to. Lasers or lights or loud or not.BTW: I still love your Cesar Salad dressing and I don’t remember where I got it but it has your name saved with on my computer. ha.

  12. Thanks Zach for verbalizing those thoughts. Funny thing. This last Sunday, during worship, I sat with eyes closed and mouth shut as worship progressed on. My heart worshiped even though my mouth could not verbalize. I appreciate that those in leadership present the place to engage with God where I need to. Lasers or lights or loud or not.BTW: I still love your Cesar Salad dressing and I don’t remember where I got it but it has your name saved with on my computer. ha.

  13. Thanks Zach for verbalizing those thoughts. Funny thing. This last Sunday, during worship, I sat with eyes closed and mouth shut as worship progressed on. My heart worshiped even though my mouth could not verbalize. I appreciate that those in leadership present the place to engage with God where I need to. Lasers or lights or loud or not.BTW: I still love your Cesar Salad dressing and I don’t remember where I got it but it has your name saved with on my computer. ha.

  14. Thanks Zach for verbalizing those thoughts. Funny thing. This last Sunday, during worship, I sat with eyes closed and mouth shut as worship progressed on. My heart worshiped even though my mouth could not verbalize. I appreciate that those in leadership present the place to engage with God where I need to. Lasers or lights or loud or not.BTW: I still love your Cesar Salad dressing and I don’t remember where I got it but it has your name saved with on my computer. ha.

  15. Thanks Zach for verbalizing those thoughts. Funny thing. This last Sunday, during worship, I sat with eyes closed and mouth shut as worship progressed on. My heart worshiped even though my mouth could not verbalize. I appreciate that those in leadership present the place to engage with God where I need to. Lasers or lights or loud or not.BTW: I still love your Cesar Salad dressing and I don’t remember where I got it but it has your name saved with on my computer. ha.

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