Why “Getting Our Worship on” Matters


“Serve the Lord alone. But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served…? Or will it be the gods of the land where you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:14-15.


These past few weeks in North Carolina have been, in a word, spectacular, beyond beautiful. Rebekah and I sit on the deck sometimes, drinking tea, simply breathing in the realization that we are so blessed.


In fact, if you have any idea what I’m talking about, then heading into church to worship could be your only reasonable response.


  • Soccer game on the calendar? Sorry, but we feel this overwhelming urge to attend church, and to say “thank-you” to God.
  • Golf outing? Maybe later; but right now there’s nothing my soul can imagine but worship.
  • Long, lazy brunch? Great idea; but let’s put that off till after we show up at the Praise Service and spend some time with God.
  • Head for the beach? Good call, but how about we all head over to church first and get our worship on…?


One exceptional treat I enjoyed this past week involved watching Rebekah getting her hands dirty preparing my “kitchen herb-garden” for the new season.


The Italian Parsley is coming back, and so is the Silver Thyme; I’m not sure about the Oregano, but we’re going to watch. Rebekah added Sweet Basil, Purple Basil, a little Rosemary, and some Mint.


Cooking with fresh herbs, grown where I can step out from the kitchen and cut them from our own deck, is beyond good – it’s God.


The Bible talks about the entire sum of creation taking the initiative to praise God, and this week I have heard creation loud and clear.


As human beings, blessed in so many ways, heading over to our local church Sunday morning for an hour or so seems like the very least we can do.


Grateful – DEREK

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