We sing as a church every week. But why? What if we told you there’s a method to the madness? A purpose to the action? A reason to sing? In this series, we will be going through the Five Phases of the Heart as described through Vineyard teachings and how it is experienced through congregational singing.
This Week's Devotion & Questions
“Your Praises Never End” Your glory, Your wonders, stir our faith to rise
You meet us, You lead us, to You we give our lives
Remember the feeling of discovering a new favorite food for the first time? For some people it is cheese sticks or sushi. For me it’s always dessert. I can clearly recall the first time I ate Dots ice cream at a baseball game over twenty years ago. The moment I spooned that first tiny chocolate dot into my mouth was my aha moment! Ice cream had been revolutionized and I didn’t know if I could ever go back to eating plain old soft serve (I did).
That aha moment is similar to what happens in worship. When we see the glory of God in what he’s done in our lives, there’s only one way we can respond: by going deeper into worship with awe and wonder. As Psalms 95:2 says, “Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!”
1: What’s an “aha moment” you’ve had in your life?
2: What attributes of God do you identify most strongly with in Worship?
3: Read John 4:19-26. What does it mean to worship “in spirit and truth”?
4: How has an encounter with God changed your perspective?
Last Week's Devotion & Questions
The first phase of the heart is just as much about us as it is about God. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always walk into church feeling excited about being there. Sometimes life throws my Sunday mornings a curve ball– like a bad mood–that makes it hard to get into the mindset of worshiping God.
That’s where the Call to Worship comes in. Songs like Kaleo’s “Welcome” draw us out of our moods and lead our hearts to a place where we’re ready to meet God. When I walk into church still thinking about the dirty plates in the sink, it’s helpful to open my mouth and sing, “There’s nothing like the sound of Heaven coming down.” Because suddenly I’m not thinking about my morning. Rather, I’m imagining the Holy Spirit pouring out to wrap me in God’s loving presence. And when I continue, “So we join the melody, it’s the song of the redeemed,” I’m reminded that I’m not alone. And that we’re singing because God has done a beautiful thing in our lives and worshiping him for that, quite frankly, is more important than my bad mood and dirty dishes.
1: What are some songs that embody the “Call to Worship” that you could incorporate into your cell group and private worship times?
2: Read 2 Samuel 6:12-15. What can we learn about how to worship from David’s example?
3: How does knowing the presence of God is with you when you worship change your perception of and response to worship?
Music and lyrics for the new Kaleo songs used in the devotionals are now available on canyonviewchurch.com/worship.