Over the last few months, our sound, stage and lighting crew have been hard at work revamping and redesigning our stage. Much of the work has taken place behind the scenes, backstage or on rented lifts that allowed them to adjust the stage lights.
After many hours of planning and groundwork, the stage design is beginning to take shape. Yet we are only seeing the end results of the hours dedicated to the redesign.
It has been humbling watching these folks give of their time and their talents so freely. It has been cool to see how their vocational work has often lead into much-needed problem solving and design solutions. Their work has truly been done to the glory of God.
The composer JS Bach signed his compositions S.D.G for Soli Deo Gloria or, to God alone be the glory. He dedicated his life’s work to the glory of God. And living and serving for God’s glory is really at the heart of worship.
Worship is much more than the handful of songs we sing on Sunday morning. Worship is much more than our offerings. A lifestyle of worship allows that our vocation, our hobbies, our relationships and our talents can be purposed for the glory of God.
A lifestyle of worship and living with God’s glory in mind allows us to be light in the world.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
We are not lights on our own accord and for our own glory. Rather, living for the glory of God allows us to be a light that points to Christ. Just like Bach, we can sign our work ” Soli Deo Gloria.” What we may see as small and insignificant, even the most mundane or simple act, can be done to the glory of God! We can begin each day with a prayer “signing” our work, our conversations, our interactions, our thoughts and everything we do to the glory of God.
Father, help us to live a life of worship, dedicating all to You. That others may see our works and give all glory to You.
-Submitted by Kevin Michael Thompson, Director of Worship Arts