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In Romans 12:1: Paul teaches, Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” We invite you to view images that depict a week of life at Messiah College, where students and employees lift up their lives to God in a multitude of ways. The Messiah College Pastoral Team provides a context for these snapshots of “living sacrifice” in these reflections on the nature of Christian worship.

Photo essay photography by Lisa Trobaugh unless otherwise noted below.

Worship

Worship is recognition.
Realizing who God is and who we are is the foundation and beginning of our worship. Recognizing God as our creator, redeemer, and sustainer establishes the object of our worship in its proper place. God calls us into divine, relational encounter. Our participation in worship follows God’s initiative. Our acts of worship begin with the acknowledgment that we are first of all recipients of God’s love.

Worship is a gift. We could not worship
were it not for the love and grace first bestowed upon the creation by the Creator. Our capacity to bear witness, praise, and lament is given by God, just as our desire to respond is a part of who we are as bearers of God’s image. When we worship, we participate with all of creation. We do not own worship, we participate in it.

Worship is a response.
When we worship God we are responding to the immeasurable love and grace found in who God is and what God has done. Our worship takes many forms, but each manifestation of this response will be motivated first by who we believe God to be and what we confess God has done.

Worship is infinitely multifaceted. Our response is rooted in our understandings and experiences of God’s love and grace. Worship can take the shape of service, prayer, study, singing, liturgy, or fellowship — each its own response to a God who meets us in every place and time.

Worship is a lifestyle. It is not bound by the time, our location, or our present company. St. Paul encouraged the Christians in Colossae to do everything as an act of thanksgiving to God through the name of Jesus. May God so work in us that we see each spoken word, each moment of work, each relationship, and each day as our worship - our living sacrifice of worship to God.

 

 

 

 

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