William Temple, 1881 – 1944, the Archbishop of Canterbury said this about worship:
“Worship is the submission of all our nature to God.
It is the quickening of the conscience by His holiness;
the nourishment of mind with His truth;
the purifying of the imagination
by His beauty;
the opening of the heart to His love;
the surrender of will to His purpose –
and all of this gathered up in adoration,
the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable,
and therefore the chief remedy of that self-centeredness
which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin.”
Search Google for William Temple Worship Quotes and you’ll find this quote. Folks often use it when they write about worship. However the quote is often shortened. Sometimes it ends after “purpose,” or after “capable.” You’ll have to dig a bit to find that last phrase included, “and therefore the chief remedy of that self-centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin.”
Read that last phrase and you’ll understand why worship is such a hard thing to do. As a worship leader, I must ask you to forgive me, because all too often I make worship look easy, and its not. Worship is hard. Its hard because we are “self-centered.” Its hard because we are a society that is perhaps more self-centered than any in history. Its hard because worship is submission. Worship is selfless. Worship is surrender. Those are things that are really hard for us humans to do.
When it gets right down to it, worship is impossible. Its impossible because we cannot submit our lives to God’s total control. Its impossible because we sin. Its impossible because we are human.
Yet worship IS possible because God loves us. He sent Jesus to die for our sin, give us life, and literally lives inside of us (Colossians 1:23). Worship IS possible because God loves us and gives us mercy and grace and power to worship Him. This worship we give God is still rife with imperfection, yet some day we’ll worship Him perfectly. And we humans have a hard time looking forward to that day. ‘Til then, we’ve got to make worship a priority in our lives and do our best to submit our lives to God’s glory. And this submission thing has to be done constantly. We’re imperfect, and our self-centeredness creeps into our lives on a daily basis.
Worship is hard. But it is vital to a healthy life and a healthy church. We’ve got to do it. At North Orange, we are committed to worship and our Music & Worship Arts ministry helps our congregation worship. Music & Worship Arts is an overriding term we use to describe anything we use to glorify God, such as music, drama and worship technologies. If you have a desire to serve, please contact me. I’m the Music and Worship Arts Pastor, Brad Holmes. Contact me and I’ll try and get you plugged in. You can be involved in choir, praise band, sound tech, computer tech, video tech, drama, or anything else that helps us express our hearts to God. I’d love to help you serve.
For more information click here to contact Pastor Brad.