The Soul Survivor church in Watford, England had a large band, good sound system, and vibrant music ministry. But several years ago, they were struggling with a dry season of apathy. Telling his church members that they had lost their way of worship, the pastor decided to take out the sound system and band for a season and bring the church back to the basics. He asked the church to think about what they bring God as they come to church. After a time of a cappella singing and deep heart searching, the pastor eventually brought back the music. Reflecting on that experience, church member Matt Redman, a well known song writer and worship leader, wrote these now famous words: "When the music fades, all is stripped away, and I simply come / Longing just to bring something that’s of worth that will bless your heart… / I’m coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all about You, Jesus."

The psalmist prays, "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer" (Psalm 19:14). What is your offering to God as you come to church? Sometimes I think we look at the church service as a program rather than a time to worship God. Music, scripture, testimonies are all important, yes, but if we lose sight of the fact that we are coming there to spend time with Jesus, our best friend, then none of it will matter. Let's say the words and meditate on the things that will bring joy to the heart of our Savior.

Learning how to worship,

Pastor Sutherland

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