You are the potter, I am the clay
Mold me and make me, this is what I pray.
Who is worship for? That’s easy. We know the answer is God. Our focus is supposed to be on what gives God honor and glory and not on our own desires and self-gratification.
But is it really true that, as the song says: it’s all about you, Jesus,. . . for your glory and your fame. It’s not about me . . .
Really? Not about me?! Not at all? That’s too bad, because I need worship to be about me too.
We tend to rely on our Sunday school curriculum and Small Groups as the sole means of faith formation in children and adults. But worship has long been a tool of the Spirit in creating and recreating God’s people into the likeness of Jesus.
In the familiar patterns of gathering, adoration, confession, the Word and sacraments, the Spirit works in each worshiper, carving away bitterness, shaving off barnacles of stubborn resistance, and sanding down slivers of selfishness. In their place, the Spirit shapes willingness and wisdom to follow God’s way, forming a fruitful faith that goes out from the worship place to live and grow, and returns to celebrate and renew again.
Seems that worship is about us after all! It plays a crucial role in the birth, formation and celebration of our faith.
How has worship formed your own faith?
As a worship planner, how are you intentional about the faith-shaping opportunities of worship, while maintaining a God-centered focus?
On February 1, I will have the privilege of embarking on a three month sabbatical journey to three places in this world that have had a shaping effect on my family: China, Africa and the Netherlands. I will be exploring this question: How is faith birthed, nurtured and celebrated in these places? I wonder how worship will be included in these discussions.
For more on this topic, I recommend this blog by Laura Keeley.