Rev 4:1-11 (NRSV) describes an awesome worship service in heaven. Here are a few high points: …the one seated there looks like jasper and carnelian, and around the throne is a rainbow that looks like an emerald. Around the throne are twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones are twenty-four elders, dressed in white robes, with golden crowns on their heads. Coming from the throne are flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of the throne burn seven flaming torches, which are the seven spirits of God; and in front of the throne there is something like a sea of glass, like crystal…the four living creatures,…Day and night without ceasing they sing, “Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty…”… the twenty-four elders fall before the one who is seated on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever; they cast their crowns before the throne, singing, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
Ministry of Worship
Worship: weorthscipe (Worth + ship)
The Old English word, weorthscipe, with the meaning of worth + ship or worthiness, became our word, worship. We find the worth of the Lord gloriously proclaimed in Rev 4:1 – 11 which culminates in “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
Worship in the Worship Service
It is easy for any church to get distracted from true worship. Our culture is one that demands entertainment and to be given an answer to the question “what is in it for me?” While the elements that come together to form a worship service at Jenkins do engage and edify, their primary focus is to draw everyone into a deeper understanding, knowledge and experience of God, out of which worship is the response. We cry “Holy, Holy, Holy!” It is our fervent desire for all who worship with us to experience the fullness of God’s grace each and every time we are together.
Worship as a Lifestyle
“For where two or three come together in my name, I am there with them.” – Matt. 18:20
We believe worship is not limited to formal church services, but occurs when God’s children are together working, playing, praying, laughing, sharing heartaches, serving, and loving one another. Worship is what happens in each of the other Ministries. As we serve, we are offering praise and adoration to the Lord.
Worship and You
Worshiping collectively, whatever form that takes, is critical to our growth as Christians. Worship awakens our awareness of the power and sovereignty of the Lord. When we worship, we are renewed. We can face the uncertainty living on earth brings. Things of this world do “grow strangely dim” and we are transformed.
You are the Ministry of Worship! It is not a committee. It is each of us praying and praising in all things. The more each of us actively worships, the more we grow and are able to serve each other in humility and love.
Some Ways to Actively Participate in Jenkins Church Worship
- Regular attendance in Sunday Services
- Wednesday Bible study
- Pray…without ceasing and out loud in worship!
- Support the other ministries’ work!
- Sing in the choir
- Sing joyfully in the congregation
- Share other musical talents (piano, organ, guitar, violin, flute, drums, etc.)
- Greet others! Make others feel welcome!
- Invite neighbors to Jenkins (who is your neighbor? Everyone!)
- Participate in seasonal dramatic productions
- Design presentations for services
- Provide Technology support (sound, computers, etc.)
- Serve as Worship Leader
- Share your testimony as you are led
- Assist with Children’s Church
- Serve in the Nursery during services
- Help prepare Communion elements
- Help keep church tidy
- Adorn the sanctuary seasonally/flowers on altar, etc.
- Send cards/letters/messages to people who may need to know Jenkins cares!
- Teach or attend Sunday school
- Work with the youth