The chief purpose of mankind is to glorify God by loving Him with the entire heart, soul, mind and might
— Deuteronomy 6:5; Isaiah 43:7; Matthew 22:37.
All believing men, women and children are to glorify God and thus fulfill the purpose of their existence. Worship glorifies God through adoration — Psalm 95:6, praise — Psalm 99:5, prayer — Daniel 6:10-11, thanksgiving (Nehemiah 12:46) and a complete yielding to Him (Romans 12:1).
Worship declares His worth, pays Him homage and celebrates Him in a life of devotion. We seek to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth — Exodus 15:1-21; 2 Samuel 6:14-16; Psalm 5:7; John 4:23-24; Revelation 4:11; 5:12.
Several tenets guide our worship. We seek to:
- lift high the name of Jesus Christ — John 4:22-26; John12:32; John 14:6
- lead God’s people to lift their hearts and voices to Him, giving Him praise and thanks in music and lyric (Nehemiah 12:45-46; Psalm 66:1-4; Psalm 95:1-2);
- prepare hearts to hear the Lord speak through the proclamation of Scripture (Psalm 95:6-9; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42);
- emphasize fresh and contemporary expressions while retaining traditional elements that recognize the richness of our heritage in the faith (Deuteronomy 32:7; Psalm 33:3; Isaiah 46:8-9; Matthew 13:32, Ephesians 5:19; Revelation 5:9);
- pursue excellence in worship, knowing that God is worthy of our best (Exodus 12; Deuteronomy 17:1;Psalm 33:3, 1 Timothy 4:14-15; Hebrews 11:4).
The God who created all that the universe is and contains and the God Who entered our existence to sacrifice and die for our sin and rebellion so we could live … not just live but have abundant life – eternal life, that God has invited us to worship Him.
No wonder David asked in amazement, “Why do you care about us humans?” (Ps. 8—CEV). Lord we are in your presence—and we are here only by your mercy and grace. It is only by your mercy and grace that we can worship at all.
The Wise men said—”We have seen His star in the east and we have accepted His invitation. We have come to worship Him” (Mt. 2:2). The presence of God was humanized in Jesus and the wise men encountered Him in worship. Every Sunday we gather as a church body to Worship our great and awesome God. We believe this is an amazing privilege and blessing.
When was the last time you worshipped? You didn’t attend worship—you worshipped. You got higher than the platform, the singers, the preacher—you had an audience, an encounter with God.
Worshipping Him is the most significant thing that we can do—it is from worship that everything else flows (service, evangelism, missions, etc.). How often do we really encounter the living God, privately or corporately?
Worship involves seeing what God is worth and then giving Him what’s He’s worth.”
True worship treasures God’s presence. At Harvest Waterloo Region we seek to encounter God in our times of corporate worship. It is not about us – it is all about Him. Our goal is to help each person turn their eyes from themselves, from their problems, their interests, their distractions and to see Jesus high and lifted up. As we begin to see Him and to value and enjoy Him He is honoured and glorified and we are transformed.
Our worship team works very hard in preparation but not to put on a show nor to worship for us but rather to lead us in worship. To direct us by their worship so we can enter into worship.
Why not join us this Sunday and experience worship as we seek to worship Jesus in spirit and in truth. Our goal is the balance – worship based on the truth of God’s revealed word and yet also worship engaging the heart, mind and will as we encounter the reality and beauty of the Most High. Our worship style is modern and yet with a depth and God-focus which will truly transform you as you enter into offering your praise and adoration to God.