Each week, the staff here at Parker UMC try to put together a worship experience for Sunday that will warm your hearts, lift your spirits, and challenge you in your spiritual journey. We often try to remind you of your calling as a Christian to serve and to share the gospel of Jesus with others. We will encourage you to stay strong in your faith and sometimes to wrestle with it. We read scriptures and sing songs and hymns that you are familiar with and some that might be new to you. And while I think we all do a fine job of worship on Sunday, today I would like to challenge you to think about how each minute of every day can be seen as a chance for worship.
Some of you might think, “Hold on there, Bub. I can’t spend all day every day reading the bible or singing songs or praying.” And you’re right. You have other responsibilities that have to be met, other duties to fulfill. However, what I would like you to consider is that, in everything we do and think and say, we have a chance to either honor God or dishonor God. I think anything we can do to honor God counts as worship. We can try harder at school or at work. We can help someone that we come across that may need help. We can try harder to make it home on time for dinner. We can understand and embrace the idea that all the tasks and responsibilities that we have to do are done with talents and abilities that God gave us the aptitude for. So using them is a way to honor God (just as long as we don’t try to hog all the glory for ourselves).
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” And in Colossians 3:17, he writes, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” So let’s try, for the next month or so, to keep this idea of Living Worship in our minds. Let us praise and worship and honor our awesome God in all we do. Amen!