Wednesday, May 1, 2013

All Walks of Worship

I attended an academic conference where my wife Leah was presenting.  The conference was full of people from all over the world: Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, and on, and on.  These people did all kinds of different work: scientists, psychologists, theologians, historians, and other fields that I don’t know how to spell. It was probably the most diverse group of people I have ever been a part of. 

Attending such a conference, some might ask, “What in the world do all these people have in common?  That is a good question.  On the last evening, I learned the answer. 

As the conference closed, the keynote speaker gave his closing remarks to the general assembly – in all its diversity.  I could understand very little of what he was talking about.  But at the end of his talk he began to sing.  He sang, “At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light.”  I understood that.  The audience did too.  We all joined in and sang loudly.  Some added harmony.  Others hummed the words they didn’t know.  In the middle of a conference filled with very different people, a “worship song” broke out.  That was the one thing we all had in common: the worship of Jesus Christ.

On a smaller scale, the same is true for us at Faith Center. Though we may be a diverse mix of people, we have the worship of the risen Lord in common. We come together week after week and make hundreds of different voices into one. “At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light.”  Young, old, rich, poor, men, women, Beaverton, Banks, Aloha, and beyond: we worship together.  Those new to the faith, those raised years in the faith, and everything in-between: we worship together. “At the cross, at the cross, where WE first saw the light.”

Join the body of Christ in worship this Sunday morning.  Sing with all your heart.  Pray with all your might.  Jesus has brought together people from all walks of life to worship His holy name.  We can all agree that He alone is worth it. 

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