We gather as a congregation in Bethesda Chapel on Sundays to worship our living God. This includes singing of hymns and songs of praise, public reading of the Bible, partaking of the Holy Communion, giving offerings, listening to the Word preached and receiving the benediction.
What about our personal worship during the week?
An offering of worship unto the Lord can be individual or corporate, in an informal setting or in an organised group with a leader.
As we navigate through our daily lives, our personal worship can take the following forms:
Firstly, personal worship can be praise and expression of adoration to God for His goodness and praising Him for who He is. We praise Him as the Holy One who created and gave us all things.
Secondly, personal worship can be humble supplication to God. Philippians 4:6 calls for us to submit our requests to God, in everything, and with thanksgiving. Then, Paul writes in verse 7, “the Peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
And thirdly, personal worship can be an expression of veneration and devotion unto the Lord. 1 Timothy 1:17 calls for us to centre our lives around our relationship with God, “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever, amen.”
With these three examples of how we can carry out personal worship, my prayer is that we will live out the words on the wall of our sanctuary – “To be a WORSHIPPING and witnessing community to the glory of God.”
Deacon Theodore Lai