Not a lot of people give my bride the credit she deserves, in my unbiased opinion. She’s got degrees coming out of her yin and yang, with lots of great perspective on tons of stuff. She is an overlooked resource in our community of faith, unfortunately.
Our church is going through what worship is all about and someone asked her what she thought. She emailed them back. So, I’m going on her behalf to share Rachael Christine Thorpe Swanson’s thoughts on worship. Enjoy.
“Here are my thoughts:
- Worship is not an event: it’s not an hour, with a specific time and place or location.
- Worship is a lifestyle, a way of being. It’s how we live our lives. It’s how we choose to behave (or not behave), to help (or not help) others. It’s what we say and how we say it. It’s how we spend and/or save our money. It’s a million little choices that make up the details and weave our days together.
- Worship is trying to give yourself to God, and be His living body throughout your life.
- It’s letting God use you to love others, encourage others, help others, etc, on His behalf.
For me, coming to church service is not about “worshipping God” per se. It’s about being in a community of believers who are also trying to have a worshipful lifestyle. This means church services help encourage, motivate, etc. me and for me to be a support and source of encouragement to others to continue worshipping God with my life the rest of the 167 hours of the week.
Hope that makes sense.”