In 2010 I made a life-changing decision—I would exchange my deacon’s orders, return to seminary for a Master’s of Divinity, and seek to become an Elder. The primary motivator was worship. Though many Christian activities can be understood as worship, my definition was best described as the regular gathering of the people of God to sing, pray, and praise our creator God. The Elder orders worship at all points. I love music, but I was passionate about the totality of worship.
In worship we tell the story of God’s action in our world and the high point of that action is Jesus—exalted in our worship because Jesus humbled himself for our sake and died on a cross. Worship celebrates that story and Jesus promised to be present with us when we gather together.
Regular worship is the lifeblood of our congregation—why? Because Jesus shows up!