Worship is essential to creating a family that follows Jesus together. Our vision for worship at The Gathering is to create an environment, through song, to engage with God’s presence and to reflect on how he is moving throughout our lives.
In Hebrew, the word “worship” is often translated “to bow down” or “to serve.” The author of Psalm 96 declares, “Sing to the Lord, praise his name; Proclaim his salvation day after day,” and “Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.” These words invite the reader to see song and praise as an expression of our faith. It’s looking to our creator and saying, “I recognize what you’ve done in my life, what you’re doing in the world around me, and I’m all in.” Bowing down to God in song and praise encapsulates our hopes, our experiences, our questions, and our devotion, and brings them to our Redeemer as an act of celebration and trust.
Billy Joel once described music as “…an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture you’re from, everyone loves music.” Studies have even shown that group singing may enhance social affiliation and quality of life. We believe God gave us the gift of song to be part of our humanity and our communal experience. We believe he encourages us to take this act of expression and invites us to view our life within the context of The Kingdom.