Today’s post come from Josh Woods.  Those of you in the Cincinnati area may know Josh as the worship leader for Compass Community Church or you may recognize him from the band Silent Reign.


Worship Leader: “C’mon everyone!  Let’s stand and sing out loud and clap our hands and dance around and lift our hands in the sanctuary.  Let’s WORSHIP together”.

Your thoughts:Aw man.  I can’t sing well. I look goofy when I clap. I didn’t even dance at PROM.  People will think I’m weird if I lift my hands”…

As a worship leader, I’m here to say, these thoughts are OK!  I’ve got good news: Worship does not start with this “crazy stuff”.  Having the confidence to sing out lout, clap, and even lift your hands, is an end result.

As a church, we are convinced that “worship” is the music part of the service.  But in reality, worship happens throughout the service.  Singing songs to God, greeting each other with a loving hug, prayer, offering, communion and receiving the Word are ALL forms of worship.

And worship should not only happen on Sunday mornings.  We should worship God every single day of the week.  Am I saying stand in the middle of your living room and sing to God?  No (but God will think that is so awesome!)  I’m saying talk to God, read His Word, meditate on what He gives you through the Word and show His love to others.  In all these things, you are worshipping our King.

All this can be done in your own way.  You can make God personal and specific to your needs.

So, don’t be so self-conscious on Sunday morning worrying what people think of you while you are singing songs to God.  If you fill up with worship all week, you’ll have no choice but to explode with the “crazy stuff” the worship leader prompts you to do.

Consider this:  If the Reds would EVER win the World Series or if Who-Dey EVER gets to the Super Bowl, my hands would be lifted high and I would definitely dance around.

Why can’t we show that same excitement to our God, who has done far more for us than the Reds or Bengals?

John 4:23-24 (NIV)

23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.