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Words For The Way: Words For Praise

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There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding reason for choosing some sort of God or spiritual-type thing to worship…is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. 

— David Foster Wallace

Worship is the supreme and only indispensable activity of the Christian Church.  It alone will endure…into heaven, when all other activities of the Church will have passed away. 

— William Nicholls, Jacob’s Ladder: The Meaning of Worship

Worship is nothing more nor less than love on its knees before the beloved; just as mission is love on its feet to serve the beloved.

— N.T. Wright

Pentecost began not with preaching but with praise.  “A praising community preaches to answer questions raised by its praise.” 

— David Watson, I Believe in Evangelism, quoting Roland Walls

Scripture Reading — Psalm 88  (ESV)

100:1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! 
2 Serve the Lord with gladness! 
Come into his presence with singing!

3 Know that the Lord, he is God! 
It is he who made us, and we are his; 
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.


Current Sermon Series

Words for the Way: Wisdom from the Psalms

Christians throughout history have had their spiritual life shaped by the Psalms. Far from being polished and polite, the Psalms are about getting “everything in our lives out in the open before God” (Eugene Peterson). The Psalms give us a language worthy of imitation by helping us to give voice to the entire experience of being human: to agony and despair, anger and doubt, shame and guilt, and, yes, praise and thanksgiving. Join us as we explore wisdom from the Psalms and learn the many voices of the Christian life.


Date: August 18, 2013
Passage: Psalm 100

Scripture Reading: Psalms
Speaker: David Jones

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