There is no doubt that we have all, at one time or another, left a worship service and sensed that something extraordinairy had occurred. We have all also left services and wondered what all the fuss was about. It is our tendency make our reactions to the worship gathering the standard by which we judge whether or not worship takes place. The problem of this line of thinking is that the worshipper becomes the object of the service rather than God. Our planning our preaching, our musical style, our particular “liturgy” serves us, rather than allowing us to serve God corporately. Now to be sure, we do reap the benefits of what takes place in worship, and our feelings of awe and sense of God’s presence bring us great joy, but they are not to be the standard by which we measure worship. It is what we do in worship, the offerings that we bring, our response to his greatness and mercy, what we say to him….how we serve him and his body, that is what is expected of us. This is what I spoke of in the last posting…how do we approach worship. It is not in the clothing, the decor, or other trappings but rather our purpose and preparation for the meeting. Some questions. Are you discovering and developing your gifts to serve the lord and the congreagtion in worship? Is it your purpose to use your gifts “For the strenghtening of the church”? (1 Cor. 14:26) Are you aware of how what you do in worship affects the brothers and sisters in your midst? These are very important questions to ask of yourself as you present yourselves in worship.