Posts Tagged ‘worship’

I was listening again to the the song We Believe by Newsboys, and one phrase in the song really stuck with me this time

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing

It got me thinking about my faith, and the reason I attend church. In the Salvation Army we can at times put a lot of our focus on our musical sections (both our junior and adult bands and choirs). This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as our musical sections can most definitely make a huge contribution to our worship through their music.

I personally find the music provided by our musical sections, as well as the congregational songs used in  worship often bring me closer to God, and being able to be part of that music making is a great privilege for me, as I believe this how God wants me to contribute to worship.

What the words of this Newsboys song reminded me was that I must never let the music or music making be the reason I worship. Worship must be first and foremost about praising God and learning more about Him. Yes, we can praise God through our music making, but that should not be the main reason we go to church. Our faith must definitely be more than anthems, more than the music.

Do you have a place where you can freely let go of all your problems, all our concerns, and give them all to God?

I hope that if you attend a place of worship, that that place is somewhere you feel safe and free to either privately or publicly pray to God and ask Him to take all your problems and concerns and help you through a tough time.

When we lay all our problems at the foot of the cross, God takes those burdens from us, and will then give us the strength to face each difficulty – We simply need to trust God to give us that strength.

You are love
Here in this place of worship
You draw me close again
All of my weakness is laid here
You cover them all in your strength

Do you regularly attend a church?

Are you inspired by the services when you attend?

If you don’t feel inspired by the worship at your church, have you wondered why?

  • Do you go out of habit not expecting to be challenged or inspired?
  • Do you go feeling there’s no way anything anyone says or does can possibly challenge you?
  • Do you go ready to be challenged, but find nothing in the service relates to you?
  • Are others in at the service challenged and inspired by the worship?

Depending on your answers to those questions, it sounds like there may be two possible solutions to why you get nothing from attending church:

  1. Maybe you need to be open and receptive to God’s message when you go to church.
  2. Maybe you should try attending a different church to see if you are more receptive to their way of worship.
  3. Suggest changes to the format of worship at your church, so that you and others can find the inspiration and challenge you are all looking for.
  4. Pray for your church; Pray for your church leadership team; Pray!

However and wherever you worship, the main thing must always be that you focus on God and make Him the centre of worship. So do what you need to do to make sure He remains at the centre of your worship.

Prayer isn’t something we do with our eyes closed; we pray with our eyes wide-open. Prayer isn’t a sentence that begins with “Dear Jesus” and ends with “Amen.” In fact, the best prayer doesn’t even involve words at all; the best prayer is a life well lived. All of life is meant to be a prayer, just as all of life is meant to be an act of worship.

The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

Are your eyes wide open?

Are you living your life as an act of worship?

I’ve heard folk say many times how disappointed and even how annoyed they’ve been when people leave their church and go to another place of worship. Yes it’s disappointing when people feel a church/place of worship is not the place they want to be, but the way I look at it is, isn’t it better that on leaving one church/place of worship they are going to another church or place of worship than none at all?

Just as the following picture says, our churches and place of worship are not what is important to God, it’s our hearts! While our churches need to be filled with Him, it’s more important our hearts are filled by Him!

filling empty hearts


Do you attend church regularly?

If so, do you go with family or close friends?

Take a few minutes to consider how you would feel if you had no family or close friends there with you..

Would it make a difference to your worship experience? Would it stop you getting involved in or attending events because you were on your own? Would anyone even notice if you weren’t there for one week…two weeks…or even longer?

I would love to be able to say that it not having any family or close friends to share in worship doesn’t matter; I would love to say that not having family or close friends to attend events with doesn’t matter; I would love to say that when missing for one event/worship meeting, other contact you to check you are ok…can you tell there is a “but” coming in this sentence? Sadly for many, each of these things can be the difference between going to a specific church and not going to church at all.

I personally find that quite sad, as going to church is not about individual people, families or friendships, it’s about God, and our relationship with Him!

I do however completely understand and accept that having family and close friends worshiping with you, can add to your experience. However I do know that when you have no family or close friends at your place of worship, it can be difficult at times to attend events on your own. I also agree that when you’re a regular attender at church and you miss a week but no-one contacts you to check if you are ok, it can make you wonder if anyone even noticed you weren’t there, and so can make you feel so alone; you may even wonder whether if you never went back, whether anyone would even notice.

However, maybe we just need to remember who is always there for us, so we are never alone…

Here is the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing the beautiful song Whom Have I.


…the love and support of my family

…the love and support of my friendsBe thankful

…a roof over my head

…food and water to nourish me

…clothes to keep me warm

…a job

…a national health service which provides free health care when we are ill

…the freedom to worship God

…the freedom to share my faith with others

…the love which God freely gives me

…the power of prayer


What are you thankful for?

Saw this and loved it…

Moments with God

It can so often be the times when we are in mot need of God’s love and support, that we actually forget to simply trust in Him. So this is a great reminder of all of life’s situations we may find ourselves in, that God must be at the centre of it all.

Do you follow all the instructions in the above picture?

What is a sanctuary?

Here is the dictionary definition of a sanctuary:

  1. a sacred or holy place.
  2. an especially holy place in a temple or church.
  3. the part of a church around the altar; the chancel.
  4. a church or other sacred place where fugitives were formerly entitled to immunity from arrest.

Since we moved into our new hall (Bellshill Salvation Army) at the beginning of April, I’ve heard it described by several people as a sanctuary

Bellshill SA worship hall

Can you see why?

The illuminated cross at the front of our new worship hall grabs your attention as soon as you enter the hall for the first time. Having sat in the congregation, rather than in my seat in the band, recently, I found my attention constantly drawn to the cross.

Some my question why we have no Salvation Army crest at the front of our hall, however, I for one prefer it as it is. We know what the building is, we know it’s a Salvation Army hall. However I think we must be constantly reminded of the cross, and what as Christians it stands for…after all if there hadn’t been a cross, and there wouldn’t have been a Salvation Army, and their wouldn’t have been a Bellshill Salvation Army hall to worship in!


I was reminded of this song over the weekend when Sunderland Monkwearmouth SA Band visited Bellshill Salvation Army to lead worship over the weekend.

Come, now is the time to worship
Come, now is the time to give your heart
Come, just as you are to worship
Come, just as you are before your God

One day ev’ry tongue will confess You are God
One day ev’ry knee will bow
Still the greatest treause remains for those,
Who gladly choose you now

Come, now is the time to worship
Come, now is the time to give your heart
Come, just as you are to worship
Come, just as you are before your God

One day every tongue will confess You are God
One day every knee will bow
Still the greatest treasure remains for those,
Who gladly choose you now
Ooh, we’re calling You
Calling all nations
Now is the time
One day every tongue will confess You are God
One day every knee will bow
Still the greatest treasure remains for those,
Who gladly choose you now

One day every tongue will confess You are God
One day every knee will bow
Still the greatest treasure remains for those,
Who gladly choose you now

That “One Day” will never arrive if we do not continue to tell others about God and how he can help others. How will everyone know He is God if we don’t tell them?

I pray that One Day every knee shall bow before God, so I pledge to do all I can to help spread God’s wonderful message of love and forgiveness in my small part of this huge world. How about you, will you pledge to spread God’s message in your part of the world? Together we can change the world, and that One Day when every knee shall bow before Him will come true.