“Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing.” (Psalm 100:1-2)
In spiritually passionate communities, there’s a palpable air of expectancy as people gather for worship. Musicians, ushers, greeters, and other hosts arrive early; and with care and eagerness they prepare together, encouraging one another. They genuinely delight in one another’s presence, and they give attention to the smallest of details to make the service go well for worshipers.
You can feel it. Authentic, engaging, life-changing worship derives from the experience of God’s presence, the desire of worshipers for God’s Word, and the changed heart people deliberately seek when they encounter Christ in the presence of other Christians. An hour of Passionate Worship changes all the other hours of the week.
Excerpted from Cultivating Fruitfulness, ©Abingdon Press, 2008.