Why is worship important?

Author: Sarah Burrows

Why is worship important?

Sarah Burrows from One Hope Project gives five reasons why worship is an essential part of Christian living.

Often when people think about how charismatic Catholics 'do' worship they're filled with images of swarms of people with their hands up in the air, singing at the top of their lungs and of course, clapping galore.

I'm part of a worship community, One Hope Project, and while we do enjoy the occasional clap, we're learning that worship is who we are not what we do.

It says in Scripture that the Lord wants His people to worship in spirit and in truth, but what does that really mean and why is it important? 

1. Because of who God is

God is worthy of our praise and by His very nature deserves our adoration. It is a pleasure to worship God, just because He is awesome.

I had a wonderful revelation recently when I learnt that the word 'worship' derives from the old English word 'worthship' - to give worth to something. God is already worthy, and we choose to worship Him in everything we are because of His worthiness.

2. Because of what God has done

We worship not just because of who God is, but also because of what He has done.

Jesus died on the cross so we can live in true freedom, and so we give Him thanks and praise for what He has done and continues to do. For all the gifts, graces, blessings and opportunities.

This also encourages us to see God at work in our lives on a daily basis and live each moment with a thankful heart.

2. Because worship doesn't rely on our talents

It's easy to think that worship is about singing beautifully or playing guitar really well.

But worship is so much more than that.

It should constantly remind us that we are God’s children, we belong to Him and He loves us.

We so often need to be reminded of this. The more time we spend in this truth, the more we start to believe it and know it to be true.

We also worship because we were made for love, and made for relationship with God, who is love.

I really like the third line in the chorus from Worship Central’s Can’t Stop Your Love:

‘Where can I go, where can I go

From Your presence? 

In Your light I am known

I'm surrounded, I will not walk alone’

In His light we are known! He knows us and He loves us.


4. Because of who we want to become

Spending time in God’s presence makes us more like Him. When we come to worship we are so often aware of our own sin and weakness.

But God wants us to come to Him just as we are - bringing our fears, failings and brokenness as well as our joys, hopes and desires.

When we give our whole selves to God He renews us, heals us and brings us closer to His heart. And then we actually start to look more like our Father who made us. 

‘And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.’ (2 Cor 3:18)

5. Because worship brings people together

Football fans at a match sing songs together to cheer their team on.

This unites them and builds a great sense of community.

When we worship in a group together we too feel a sense of community, but on a much deeper level - we are united by the Spirit and we’re supporting the Hope of all the World!

We enter into a deeper relationship with God, but also we deepen our relationship with others. This doesn't have to look the same for everyone, our worship is supposed to be unique and a personal offering to God but in our individual praise through song, dance, art, work, or any other form of worship, we should be encouraged and built up as a Church. 


One Hope Project is a worshipping community of friends. We love to spend time in His presence, encourage others to do the same and build relationships from this space.

We have a heart for unity and a vision for growing community. We believe we are called to worship through many different creative ways, no one should ever feel they're not a worshipper. 

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