The Bible is filled with commands to worship the Lord: “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness” (1 Chronicles 16:29). “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand” (Psalm 95:6-7). “Exalt the LORD our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!” (Psalm 99:5).
Commands like these abound in the Bible, and it is the joy of every child of God to obey them! It is no chore for the children of God to sing the praises of their Father, and neither is it an optional activity.
No, verbal expressions of praise and thanksgiving and awe for God are an integral part of their life with God, and this is especially true in a church like ours where we’re intentionally seeking to exalt the manifold excellencies of God in everything we do—preaching, teaching, praying, equipping, mobilizing, reaching, sending, giving, caring, and such like things. As the children of God catch sight of the glory of God, they simply must give vent to the praise that fills their hearts!
This is why we have prayed so long and searched so diligently for our next worship leader. Aaron O’Harra is set to complete his time of service with us on Sunday, July 27, and thus we need another man who, like Aaron, understands the nature of worship in the life of a church and who is able to take us where we need to go.
We, the elders of Glory of Christ, believe that Steve Sheppard is this kind of a man. Accordingly, we asked him to come and lead worship today so that you can help us discern whether or not this is true, and whether or not he’s the man for this church.
We have scheduled a potluck during the second hour so that you can meet him and ask any questions you may have for him and pray with us about this decision. Then, during the week you are free to contact me to discuss any questions or issues you may have. Finally, next Sunday, at the close of the service, we will vote on whether or not to call him as our next worship leader.
Please join us in prayer this week, trusting with us that Christ will build his church in his way.
For the glory of Christ and the good of his church,