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It's Beautiful

...worship the Father in Spirit and truth. Indeed, it is just such worshipers the Father seeks
John 4:5-42 or 4:4-15, 19-26, 39, 40-42

Sermon Topic Worship

Sermon Week Third Sunday of Lent Cycle A

Scripture Summary John 4:23

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A prominent medical doctor who has written several books in his field and a well-known "radio" preacher were exchanging ideas about worship. The doctor confessed that he had received no formal religious training. He had always assumed, he said, that people who attend Church on Sunday do so because they want to receive some assurance about after-life, some hope about life-after-death. The clergyman immediately and strongly challenged that assumption. "Most people go to Church on Sunday not because they fear death, but because they are lonely and want to be with other people," he said.

Do most people really come to worship either because they fear death or because they are lonely? Is that what worship is about? Before becoming too judgmental we must ask, "What are our reasons for coming to Church to worship? Why are we here? Why are you here?"

We can refer to the Old Testament book of worship--the Book of Psalms--to help us formulate our answer. The Book of Psalms is important to us not only because it was the Old Testament prayer book, but also because it was Jesus' prayer book. This book was the one around which His worship and prayer experience centered. When we read the Psalms we are reading words of worship that He read and prayed. It is an important guide for us. These beautiful lines, for instance,

Come, let us bow down in worship;
Let us kneel before the Lord who made us ...
Sing to the Lord a new song;
Sing to the Lord, all you lands.
Sing to the Lord, bless His name; ...
For great is the Lord and highly to be praised...
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice! ...
I trust in the Lord; my soul trusts in His word.
My soul waits for the Lord more than sentinels wait for the dawn ...
For with the Lord is kindness and with Him is plenteous redemption;
And He will redeem Israel from all their iniquities
(PS.95:6, 96:4, 130:1,5-8).

The Psalmists are telling us clearly and beautifully that [...]

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