We are What We Worship

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This week Pastor Donnell preached the third sermon in our series on Life in the Spirit. We considered how worship is capable of transforming us. In shifting our attention, our devotion, even our struggles and our pain towards God in the context of worship, we begin to be transformed into the image of Jesus.

Pastor Donnell asked us to consider how we create space for worship in our day to day lives? He suggests “By recalling God and God’s goodness throughout the day, through our singing, our silence, our scripture engagement and through our mindful reflection of God.” God is, he invited us to consider, always reaching out to us and always present in our midst. This week, let us try to seek out the presence of God who is always with us. As you move through your day, try to look for and acknowledge the indications that God is near. These may be small moments of grace or comfort, or larger instances of provision or healing.

The more we look for God’s activity with the assumption that the Spirit is at work in our lives and in the world around us, the more we will be able to witness that activity. The goal is not to spiritualize everything that happens to us as a direct act of God, but to become attuned to the work of the Holy Spirit in our midst. As you encounter moments of God’s activity and presence, offer a small prayer of gratitude. Perhaps you would even like to write them down as you recognize these moments. At the end of each day, try to take a couple of minutes to review your day, noticing the moments that you were able to witness God’s work in the world, and ask that God help to engage you in cooperating with that work.

Feel free to share your experience with others who have also tried this prayer exercise by commenting below or emailing: spiritual.practices@annarborvineyard.org.

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