“Worship: In All we do worship God”
Adams United Methodist Church
Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church
Pastor Missy McCarthy
Music: Sue& Craig Gamet, Mike Tyo
March 21, 2021 5th Sunday of Lent
1 Corinthians 10:31-33
Children’s Moment: (Toys/Legos, school supplies)
Have you ever fallen over your toys when trying to rush around to go somewhere? What about having to clean up something and complained the whole time? Paul is reminding folks that we can worship God even cleaning up our Legos or going to school.
Can you imagine that? What would that look like? How would that work? What do you think? When whatever we are doing we do it with God in mind – we offer it to God, we do it for God then we do it in worship. When we pick up our toys and thank God for the toys and think about how proud God is of us and how amazing it is that God made a world that even has toys in it for us, we are worshipping God. When we do things with God in mind then we are worshipping – we don’t have to worship just on Sunday or just in the sanctuary. We have gotten better at learning to worship in other places – COVID made us do that. Now we have to learn to worship all week long by offering what we do to God.
So this week, while you are doing something you don’t really like to do, instead of groaning about it – do it for God. Think about God while you do it and try to do your best work on it for God. When we do anything we can make it worship by offering the work we do for God and thanking God. Let’s pray.
Reflection: “Worship: In All we do worship God”
What do you think about when I say worship? Most folks think about what we do on Sunday – in particular what happens in the 45 minutes during “service.” A lot of people will say how worship filled them or didn’t – when they leave, or turn off their screen. But what is worship really? The ancient definition meant something along the lines of “to kiss the hand toward one” or “to fall upon the knees and touch the ground with the forehead.” If we look at what the original meant it has nothing to do with you, or what it meant to you. Please don’t take offense, but worship has nothing to do with you and everything to do with God. It is one of the things that I find awesome about worship that we do get something out of it, I truly am filled most weeks by being present and participating in worship. But that is not the goal or intent of worship. Worship isn’t about us. It isn’t about what we get out of it. It is about an offering to God. Worship is about falling on our knees to God, offering ourselves and all we have before God, bringing ourselves, broken, busted, happy, whole, and everything in between - whatever form we find ourselves in and offering all to God. Have you ever had those moments with children when they are complaining about being somewhere because it isn’t what they expected or wanted, and yet it is exactly what someone else needed? You whisper to them, hang on honey it isn’t all about you right now. Yep, that is worship.
Some weeks it is exactly what you need, and other weeks it is exactly what someone else needs, but you are there still bringing your offering, part of the body, and God is using you to help someone else. I know that I have even heard from online folks who have been surprised or touched because someone has typed something to them when they needed it on Facebook. That is part of offering ourselves during worship.
We come to worship God, to bring forward all that we do in the service and throughout the week as an offering to God, to lay it at God’s feet and ask it to be blessed. Paul reminds us though that worship does not end with our gatherings and sharing of scripture and hymns. Worship continues into the most mundane things. In this passage he is talking about eating. Even in eating our meals we can worship. Everything we do all week long can be worship if we approach it with the right heart. He reminds us to offer it all to the glory of God, everything you do, do it for the glory of God and it is worship.
Sit with that a minute: If we offer up to God what we are doing, then it is worship. That means even the most mundane things can be worship – doing dishes, laundry, sweeping the floor, dealing with a difficult person. So, what are you offering up to God? Are you offering your work? What about those dishes? The laundry? Cleaning the house? What about when you have to do the hard stuff? Could you worship God as you go grocery shopping? Can you give God glory as Paul reminds us while you are doing the rest of life during the week? How are you worshipping this week? Share ways of worshipping on our Facebook pages through out this week.
Monday – John 4:19-24
Tuesday – John 6:52-58
Wednesday – Revelation 5:6-14
Thursday – Isaiah 6:1-8
Friday – Psalm 96
Saturday – Psalm 148
Announcements and Updates
Men’s Bible study on Acts on Tuesday at 7:00 pm please join us. One -hour – We will be reviewing Mark 13-14.
Wednesdays – 10:30 am Sunday School in the Fellowship Hall, kids can unmask at tables, open to anyone. Come hear a story, do a craft and play.