The Words of Worship feature is a weekly devotional inspired by the anthem our choir will sing on the following Sunday.

December 2: We Have Seen the Light

We live in mind-boggling times. So often, we just shake our heads in stunned horror at the choices people make and the directions things in this world take—directions far away from God’s ways. My son, a young man in his…

November 25: Lumply Flesh (And I’m Not Talking About Cellulite!)

For those of you who are used to seeing a devotional based on our choir anthem, you may be questioning what anthem has the title “Lumpy Flesh.” But the choir isn’t singing this week, so I wanted to write about…

November 18: Shout for Joy to the Lord

How often do you shout for joy to the Lord? For some of you, exuberance may be a part of your out-going nature, so a shout of “Hallelujah!” might be a fairly normal occurrence. Others of us are more quiet…

November 11: Inhabit Our Praise

For the past few days, I’ve been inhabiting praises—certainly not the way God does, but I’ve been deeply dwelling in the verses in Psalms that have to do with praise. If you ever want a wonderful worship experience, I recommend…

November 4: The Mercy Seat

A couple of years ago my dad and I watched a PBS special on some Eastern Orthodox monasteries where the monks spend much of their time praying what they called “the Jesus Prayer,” also known as the Kyrie: “Lord, have…