Our Celebration worship services at Neighborhood Church were a blast today. I played guitar the entire set for the first time besides times doing this in front of my small group. I did not do too bad, and I think my limitations really allowed me to focus on worship leading basics. Sometimes the music gets in the way, if you know what I mean. I did not have the keys to hide behind, either. What we really cool was the moment we took to simply be silent right before we sang "Awesome is the Lord Most High". I could sense the connection people were having spiritually in that moment and when we actually sang "raise your hands" our charismatically challenged group of worshippers actually had quite a few give it a shot. How fun!
- Everlasting God (Brenton Brown, but faster than his recording)
- The Passion (Rich Kirkpatrick)
- Here I Am To Worship (Tim Hughes)
- Taste and See (Rich Kirkpatrick)
- Awesome is the Lord Most High (Chris Tomlin)
- You’re Worthy of My Praise (Ruiz)
This set was put together with the hope of people taking their mental idea of God and faith and allowing themselves to experience it as reality–or at least practice experiencing it as reality. This one of the functions of corporate worship, I believe: to practice as an act of faith a real dialog with the living God!
Is worship, as we define it in the corporate sense, actually an act of faith as I am saying? What do you think?