Santa Maria delle Grazie (Milan, Lombardy, italy), Nativity, painting (18th century by an artist from Veneto)

Worship the Christ Child in the New Year

on December 17 | in Uncategorized | by | with No Comments

Today’s post if for a different audience than usual–it is directed to those whom you lead in worship each week. Feel free to pass it along to your congregation.

Christmas is a great time of the year for worship. People who don’t think about our Savior very much throughout the year begin to focus on the Savior during the Christmas season. Everywhere you look there are reminders of the Christ Child.

Now is a good time to be thinking about our worship lives in 2015. How can we keep a focus on Christ at the forefront of our lives every day? How can we make our times of corporate worship each week more powerful and meaningful?

Shepherds-Nativity-smWe often blame the pastor and other worship leaders if we didn’t feel like a worship service was very good. We prepare ourselves as spectators. Will the music be the style we like? Will the pastor be dynamic and entertaining? Will the video elements be dazzling? When these are the thoughts that pervade our evaluation, we have moved away from biblical worship.

Perhaps we should turn our gaze inwardly to see if we are adequately prepared for worship.

  • Have we spent time daily with God, studying His word? 
  • Have we prayed for our worship leaders? 
  • Have we meditated on the sermon’s scripture passage and congregational songs, if known? 
  • Have we asked God to reveal Himself to us in worship?  
  • Have we asked God to help us lay aside personal preferences that may interfere with our worship?

The responsibility of having a great worship experience doesn’t just rest with your worship leaders. Your preparation in worshipping God throughout the week is paramount to what takes place in times of corporate worship.

I pray that you will have a glorious celebration of the birth of our Savior!

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