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Graham Kendrick – Worship is a Journey Graham shares his thoughts on the aim of leading worship

The worship journey is about being sent out and I think this is such an important thing that we build into this journey the commissioning to go and do, to go and live. And that of course is the way that we step into the story. Now if you were in church and I stood up to begin the service and said ‘now let’s all say together these words’ and they flashed up on the screen and we said together ‘My father was a wandering Aramean and he went down to Egypt with a few people and lived there and became a great nation’. You might give me a double-take but actually that is a core part of the Jewish liturgy. When they gather to worship they actually start by telling a story going way back to Abraham. Now there’s a powerful logic in that because if it wasn’t for what happened between God and Abraham there would be no story, there would be no
gathering today. Similarly, all of Christian worship is based upon the story of God’s intervention into the human condition. And it is as we retell that story and discover how we fit into that, that worship actually becomes possible. Actually at the core of Old Testament worship is the retelling of stories and mostly stories of deliverance, in fact the first song in the Bible is the Song of Moses in Exodus 15 and that is essentially an epic poem about their deliverance at the Red Sea. But out of that poem comes things about God like ‘The Lord is my strength and my song’. Of course the great thing about hearing stories is that we start to imagine ‘well if that happened then to them, what might happen now to me with that kind of a God?’ I think most writers of praise and worship
songs would agree that the best combination of a song is where you say something about
God, the Gospel, the Truth, and then you engage with that, you feel something about that, you make it yours, and you respond to it. Now I think of that in terms of two words
– Revelation and Response. We are telling the story and we are then responding to that
story, mixing it with faith and saying ‘right, that is my story because I’m encountering God as well in the present time.’ New Testament worship took a similar form and you’ll find verses which are like compressions of the story of Jesus into a few well chosen phrases. For example in 1st Corinthians 15: 3-4 ‘Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures’. So you’ve got this amazing journey of God into our condition. I think we need to remember that the story of salvation actually begins with God, it doesn’t begin
with us. In a culture which puts the emphasis on how we feel about things the challenge I think in Christian worship is to mix back in to that songs that reference Bible stories
and Bible characters, we come, we refresh, we renew, we remember all God has done for
us. We drink in, we breathe in the goodness of that and then we’re sent out to serve and to get our feet on the streets and in our neighbourhoods and in our homes and to seek to be the followers of Christ that we’re called to be. When we participate in that core act of Christian worship which is breaking bread, communion, eucharist, whatever it is called in your particular
tradition, we are being taken on a journey, and actually it’s a very sensory journey through the bread and the wine, the tastes and the smells and the actions of corporately participating in that, we’re taken on a journey of remembrance of those key events, we remember something which happened a couple of thousand years ago but in the remembering of it, we by faith make it ours once again and this is a core element of Christian worship and how it works. It’s revisiting what happened and by faith taking it into our experience
now, making it ours, but also looking forward so that the journey is not over. It’s a powerful thing because it places us in this amazing narrative of cosmic proportions, there’s nothing bigger in the universe than this story of God and His interaction with the human
race on this little planet and we can be part of that and discover where we fit into His story. Now one of the scriptures that is very commonly used as a template, if you like, for the journey of Christian worship is in the prophet Isaiah and chapter 6 where in his vision first of all he sees God and then he’s merely struck by his unworthiness and feels he’s going to die. But then comes the angel and touches
his lips with coal from the fire, from the altar, and that’s a symbol that there’s forgiveness, there’s been sacrifice so you can be forgiven because he says ‘I’m an unclean man, I’m a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips,
woe is me, I’m finished.’ And then having received his forgiveness, something else happens, he hears God saying ‘Whom shall we send, who will go for us – there’s a job to be
done’ and he answers, ‘Send me, send me, I’ll go’. So the worship journey is not just about us encountering God and how we feel about that, it’s also about being sent out and I think this is such an important thing that we build into this journey the sending out, the commissioning, to go and do, to go and live, and that of course is the way we step into the story in our experience, we come, we refresh, we renew, we remember all God has done for us. We drink in, we breathe in the goodness of that and then we’re sent out to serve and to get our feet on the streets and in our neighbourhoods and in our homes and to seek to be the followers of Christ that we’re called to be.

Otis Rodgers



  1. Lee Son Posted on November 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    will you be making your journey to asia? malaysia?

  2. Bro Jim Hayes Posted on November 13, 2014 at 9:31 am

    What a wonderful teaching! Thank you. Revelation to response… what you say expresses so well Pope Francis' call that through baptism we are called and sent into the world as "missionary disciples". This keeps bringing me back to John's Gospel and the Priestly Prayer in Jn 17…

    ‘Consecrate them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world, and for their sake I consecrate myself, that they too may be consecrated by the truth.
     ‘It is not for these alone that I pray, but for those also who through their words put their faith in me. May they all be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, so also may they be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.' (Jn 17:17-21)

    Communion + mission, revelation + response…


  3. gladwin Kh Posted on September 14, 2015 at 4:04 am

    thank you that was a truly a wonderful insight into the reason and call of worship . keep sharing and giving your insight graham sir.

    revelations and response is really true.

  4. Arthur Klassen Posted on November 25, 2015 at 6:29 am

    Graham… as usual, you have nothing but truth to speak on worship — I confess being caught up in another "quest" while being blessed… to figure out where you were being filmed. Would it be "doxing" or just "vain" to say that I managed? . . . Ah, me. I so want to see England again…

    still "walking the land" in western Can'd[a]

  5. Karl El Posted on December 24, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Pure truth ! From revelation to response, this is indeed the core of our worship to God. We need to take hold of all you said. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Reuban Prem Kumar Posted on July 16, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Thank you sir, it is very encouraging, God bless you