Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Worship is an Every Day Experience

We hear more and more about worship songs, worship services, worship teams, worship bands, worship leaders, worship sets, all having to do with weekend church services. Worship, however, is something we should be doing on a personal level every day as well as corporately with our church.
I will extol the LORD at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
My soul will boast in the LORD;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the LORD with me;
let us exalt his name together. (Ps. 34:1-3)

These verses give us a look at heartfelt worship. "Extol" means to highly praise. We should be highly praising him all the time, in our personal worship times, at work, at home, in our community, at school, in church. If His praise is always on our lips, that means we praise Him when things are going well and when they aren't and all those who know us at some point will hear those words of praise.
"Boast" is a concept some Christians in the arts struggle with when it comes to God. It's politically incorrect these days to suggest that one God or religion might be the way, the truth, the life offering the only path to salvation. But that is exactly what Jesus told us following Him is. Think how awesome it is to be able to call the God of the Universe Father, Friend and Redeemer. Now that's something to boast about!
If we are praising Him daily in worship wherever we are, those who are are in need will find the way and will rejoice in the hope.
Then, let us join together with our worship teams, leaders, choruses, bands, songs and whatever other offerings we have to praise and glorify our God

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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Read about the real life mom from "The Blind Side."

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Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light (http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/) and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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All contents copyright © Lauren Yarger 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. All rights reserved. For reprint permission, contact masterworkproductions@yahoo.com.

Scripture from THE MESSAGE Copyright 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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