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  • Leading Worship, Mopping Floors and Herding Sheep

    Asking me to lead worship would be the equivalent of asking you to herd sheep. You would look silly and foolish because you have no idea what you’re doing- ditto! I was recently asked to lead worship at a women’s morning. I am not the most accomplished musician, I am not the best singer and having never led worship before, I am far from the ideal choice to lead, what qualified me to do that?

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    Distinct, worshipful lives

    Just as he called you holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy”
    1 Peter 1:15-16

    Corporate and individual sung worship is important and serves a very good purpose. I’m sure you’ll have seen other expressions of worship on a Sunday morning too, like dance and artistic painting. But the passage from 1 Peter talks about being ‘holy’ (or ‘distinct’) in all that we do. The thing that makes our actions distinct is that they are done in response to God and in worship of Him. Yes, doing the washing up can be worshipping if done to serve people in response to Jesus’ love and example. Yes, tidying up after your kids can be an act of worship if done with a Holy attitude purposefully doing it to glorify God. And yes, Jesus can be worshipped in your workplace too.

    So, therefore is it true that I know nothing about worship? In essence no, if it is everything that I do, I must have done it!

    Cups of tea and mopping the mess

    Many of you will know that I am a midwife, this is a difficult and challenging job. Besides the obvious come’s all the additional factors to my job like paperwork, making cups of tea for the expectant parents and cleaning up the mess left on the floor. These are not delightful tasks but they are part of my job and I do have to do them. How can I make them enjoyable? By making them acts of worship.

    He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.
    Micah 6:8

    Doing the paperwork as best I can, (with the neatest handwriting!) will please God. Serving the family by making them cups of tea is humbling myself before God as I’m completing an act of service. And cleaning to a high standard is blessing the next people to make contact with that environment. Please do not mistake me, I do do these things without a worshipful heart, however, when I do do them with a worshiping heart I get so much more out of it. It deepens my relationship with God, brings glory and delight to him, and uplifts my day.

    Worship is not standing and singing songs on a Sunday, worship is a lifestyle, a way of living. Try it.

    What qualifies me to lead worship at a women’s morning? God does, through his grace. So next time when someone asks you to lead worship, prepare by taking all your dirty dishes and mass wash-up!

    Praise the Lord.
    Praise God in his sanctuary;
        Praise him in his mighty heavens.
    Praise him for his acts of power;
        Praise him for his surpassing greatness. 
    Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
        Praise him with the harp and lyre,
    Praise him with timbrel and dancing,
        Praise him with the strings and pipe,
    Praise him with the clash of cymbals,
        Praise him with resounding cymbals.
    Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
        Praise the Lord.

    Psalm 150

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