Connect Through Worship

While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.

Luke 24:51, 52 NIV

Worship attendance in America is on the decline. Some of this is due to non-believers choosing to stay away from church.  Attendance is also down because many Christ followers that attended weekly are now becoming “once-a-monthers.”  Once a month fills the minimum requirement for some. Some choose worship as an optional free time activity, “Should I go to worship or should I go to a Twins game on Sunday?” Some attend a gathering of believers in a service but never really engage God or enter into the presence of the sacred. Worship is a habit or mere ritual. True worship is connecting with God and looking forward to each time we can gather with other believers.

I heard a story of a whale that was trapped offshore in Alaska. As the winter became colder the whale moved with the ice flow until it was cut off from the open water. In order to free the whale, the residents cut holes in the ice so the whale could come up to breath.  To encourage the whale to move they cut holes about 100 feet apart heading in the direction of freedom.  The giant mammal would take a deep breath and swim from one hole to the next.  Each hole provided much needed air for survival and movement. I feel worship is like air. When we worship, we are like that whale that pops out from under the ice and gulps a breath of fresh air. Worship allows us to breath the Spirit of God and refreshes us. It moves us closer to freedom.  May you be refreshed this week with worship.

In Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Paul Marzahn