Monday, November 30, 2009

Ways to Worship Fully

So yesterday my sermon was about Worship Fully, one of the four main concepts of Advent Conspiracy. In the sermon I used the "definition" from the Advent Conspiracy website for what it means to worship fully. But to keep you from looking it up it is: It starts with Jesus. It ends with Jesus. This is the holistic approach God had in mind for Christmas. It’s a season where we are called to put down our burdens and lift a song up to our God. It’s a season where love wins, peace reigns, and a king is celebrated with each breath. It’s the party of the year. Entering the story of advent means entering this season with an overwhelming passion to worship Jesus to the fullest.

But what does that mean? How can you worship fully in your life? Well here are a few suggestion, use them all, use only one.

Plan the Advent/Christmas season around worship - make sure shopping, decorating, parties and other preparations do not prevent you from attending weekly worship.

Use an Advent wreath of calendar and each evening take a moment to light the wreath or open a door and offer God a prayer.

Read the bible daily.

Find a daily devotional you enjoy and read it each day of Advent.

Pray with family or along.

Say table grace, even at restaurants, even when you do not each as a family.

Take a few moments each day to stand back and find joy and thanksgiving in your day.

Sing along to those Christmas Carols - especially the ones that refer to worshiping Jesus - O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Away in the Manger - just to name a few.

These are just a few suggestion on how to worship fully. There are many, many more things you can do, but the point is not to give you an even longer to do list. The point of Advent Conspiracy is to allow you the opportunity to stand back from all the holiday craziness that happens this time of year and instead take time to worship God, who came to us as a humble child, for that is the true reason of Christmas.

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