Category Archives: Thoughts On Worship

This is the Living Word Church York’s worship blog. The posts here describe how and why we, as Christians, worship Jesus our King.

How to preach

I was reading chapter 6 of the gospel of Mark today where Jesus sends out the disciples to go and preach the gospel, this is how He says to do it: go in pairs go in the authority that He has given us know that you have everything you need in Him “If you’re not welcomed, not listened to, quietly withdraw. Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way.” (The Message) My favourite part of the […]

What is worship?

Coming up with a definition of worship isn’t as easy as you might think; most people would say that they know what it is but when it comes to writing it down in a sentence it seems almost impossible to capture all the facets of it. Let’s try and make this an interactive discussion by adding your thoughts using the comments boxes below. We recognise worship by a number of attributes, which in themselves don’t necessarily define worship but help […]

The light of eternity

This week I have been listening to Andrew Wommack’s radio teaching on the ‘Christian First Aid Kit’ – which I would highly recommend. One thing that really stood out to me was Paul’s description of his problems&hardships () but he still described them as light and momentary troubles () . The reason he could say this was that he was looking at everything in the light of eternity. All the troubles he was facing could never stop him worshipping Jesus […]

Worship, an act or an attitude?

Have you ever noticed how a church-goer’s view of what worship is can be very different to the secular world’s view? It’s not uncommon to hear people describe a love of something as being a ‘worship’, whether it be football or a celebrity, or anything else for that matter. Is this person saying that they physically bow down and worship in front of that celebrity? Of course not. The description of ‘worship’ used by that person isn’t referring to an […]

John Wesley’s “Directions for Singing”

John Wesley wrote his directions for singing as part of ‘Select Hymns’ (published in 1761). The full list can be found here ( or here (Joyful Noise Ministries), or in the original text if you happen to have a 350year book lying around! I wanted to highlight three of them which I think deserve particular attention for all worshippers in all situations: Sing all. See that you join with the congregation as frequently as you can. Let not a single degree of […]

I remain confident

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. [NIV] This is one of my favourite scriptures, and I think that it describes the act of worship really well. The worship leader Graham Kendrick says that “the core dynamic of Christian worship is revelation followed by response” (from Worship Central article found  here). I read the passage from as someone who is in a situation that, in the natural, doesn’t seem […]

Who may ascend?

Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart. [ NIV] For the past couple of weeks since David spoke on this topic I’ve been thinking about the ‘power of a good conscience’. Have a look at David’s blog post on the subject to read up on what He said. Our conscience has a direct bearing on our worship, but it doesn’t define who […]

Worship in Spirit & Truth

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. [] Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. [] God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth. [] Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your […]

Not to Us O Lord

“Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” It struck me when I read this scripture recently that this very simple line says a lot about how we should come to the Lord when worshipping. There is no way that we should approach the Lord other than by submission to His majesty. The act of worship in itself is one of laying down our […]

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Worship Elements: 2) Call & Response

27But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 28And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. Our worship always begins with Jesus calling to us – He is the instigator of our relationship as we only love because He first loved us (). Once […]

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