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Worship 101

John 4:21-24

In Vancouver today, there is something stirring… the Queen’s visit. Excitement about it. On the news when the Queen arrived in Iqaluit, Nunavut, she was driven around in an SUV. Because of the height of the SUV, it was difficult for her to get off the vehicle. But the people there didn’t know what to do, should they approach her majesty and help her out … Today many too I believe are frustrated with their experience with the majestic presence of God…

February 19, 2001, George Barna noted that 92% of church goers in his survey say worship is very important to them. But it is seems many are experiencing frustration about it… "Without giving themselves time to clear their minds and hearts of their daily distractions and other problems, many people attend a worship event but never enter a worshipful frame of mind. A large share of churchgoers do not pray, meditate, confess or focus on God prior to the start of a church worship event. One consequence is that they find it difficult to connect with Him spiritually. Having never been taught much about worship, they find the inability to interact with God on a deeper level frustrating, but don’t know what to do about it."

Today I want to address that problem… let’s learn about worship, shall we?

In 1961 there was a pastor whose name is A.W. Tozer. He wrote these words: “Worship is the missing jewel of the evangelical church”. It is now 2002. Four decades have gone by since Tozer wrote that. And it is still ringing true, if Barna’s study is right. Today, many are confused or frustrated with connecting spiritually to God. If there’s anything Christian today need more… is to revisit and revitalize this whole area of the worship of God.

A guy named Pete gets a job as a switchman with the railroad, and he had weeks of training. Finally the day came, and the supervisor takes him into the switch booth to test his readiness. The following conversation takes place:

Supervisor: "Imagine you were sitting here alone and you learned there was a train coming from the North on that track, and another coming from the South on the same track. What would you do?"

Pete: "I’d throw this switch right here and put one train on the other track."

Supervisor: And what if that switch didn’t work?"

Pete: "I’d go down to the track and throw that big switch lever there, putting one train on the other track."

Supervisor: "And what if that switch lever didn’t work?"

Pete: "Then I’d come back here and call the dispatcher to stop both trains."

Supervisor: "And what if the phone didn’t work?"

Pete: "Then I’d go to that gas station across the street and use their phone."

Supervisor: "And what if their phone didn’t work?"

Pete: "Then I’d go get Uncle Joe."

Supervisor: "Uncle Joe??? What would he do?"

Pete: "Nothing, but he ain’t never seen a train wreck."

Many worshippers of God are kind of like Pete. They look into their training to connect with God, and but for them it sort of feels like a train wreck. Often we feel like that didn’t work, this didn’t work too in our lives…

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