ARTICLE NUMBER FOUR
(FOR AUGUST 1993)
By Mike Speck
There are four basic parts to what we call the “Worship Service”. They are
CELEBRATION, PARTICIPATION, PROCLAMATION and INVITATION. Many believe
that PROCLAMATION (preaching) is the main reason for “having church”. According to
the word of God all four are equally and distinctly important to the body of Christ. I
don’t want to minimize preaching in any way, but, we must come to realize that music is
not like a pre-game warm up for the main event. Music is not something tacked on to
the service to get people ready to hear the preacher. It is so much more than
something to fill up time and show off talent. God Himself has ordained that we should
sing. In other words, our Heavenly Father likes it. It is an important, powerful force in
our lives that I’m just now beginning to understand. When the people of God come
together and begin singing from their heart to the Lord, something unexplainable
begins to happen. Like a mighty wave in the ocean, the Holy Spirit shows up.
Sometimes it’s like a gentle breeze that bathes, refreshes, and renews the spirit of the
How ever you describe it, every one of us need it. Once you’ve experienced the joy of
being ushered away into the presence of the Lord, you will never be satisfied with
dead, cold, formal religion.
For the next few articles, I want to share some insights to these four areas of the
worship service. The first is CELEBRATION.
There must be a time in the service when the saints of God celebrate and rejoice. The
bible says to enter His courts with praise and to come before His presence with singing.
I’m talking about alive, exciting, emotionally charged music that creates an atmosphere
of celebration. Many churches are fearful of starting out a service with such excitement
and rejoicing; however, people in the pews are starving for it. They’ve been in heated
spiritual conflict all week and have come to be encouraged and restored by the mighty
presence of the Lord. The last thing they need is to sit in a church listening to music
found at the funeral home. Someone has said that on every church steeple there
should be a sign saying “HAPPY HOUR 11:00 AM THIS SUNDAY”
Start the service with songs like “Power in the Bood”, “Victory in Jesus”, “New name
written in Glory”. Or choruses like “What a mighty God we Serve”, and “I’m Saved to
the Uttermost”. Be careful! Somebody might get happy!