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The sermon text this morning was from Hebrews 12:18-29. Terry ask each of us to consider the question, “What is worship to me?” He then went on to say that undoubtedly it meant different things to different people and then he read the scripture. I had some familiarity with the passage, but unlike Hebrews 11, which I have read more times than I can count, the latter part of Hebrews 12 has never drawn me in as it did today.

Terry went on to say that we often connect worship with physical structures, including the building, the altar, the musical instruments or with the liturgy, order of worship, even the bulletins…even the preaching, songs, communion are physical…they are evidence of worship, but they are NOT worship. Worship comes from the content of our core, our relationship with Christ, with the Holy Spirit, with God the Father. We may express it physically now, but a time is coming when all that has been created will be destroyed.

Then ONLY the UNSHAKEABLE KINGDOM will remain. We will come to the mountain of God, not a physical mountain, but a spiritual mountain.

After the sermon I took my notes and wrote the following bit of verse.

Come to the mountain of God
Where others before have trod
Come to the mountain of God
Follow the footprints deep in the sod
Come to the mountain of God

Come to the mountain of God
Stand close together on His Holy sod
Come out of the darkness, the sadness, the storms
Into the Almighty’s outstretched arms.
Come out of the darkness, Come into the light
Say goodby to sadness and storms of the night

Come to the mountain of God
Where others before have trod
Come to the mountain of God
Follow the footprints deep in the sod
Come to the mountain of God

Come to His mountain, to the city of God
Come stand with the angels on His Holy sod.
Gather together with the saints who are there
As sprinkles of Christ’s blood fills the air
Covering forever the sins we have done
A message of grace that makes us one

Come to the mountain of God
Where others before have trod
Come to the mountain of God
Follow the footprints deep in the sod
Come to the mountain of God

Come to the mountain, hear the voice of God
Come listen, come kneel on His Holy sod.
In the beginning, God spoke the world into being
And He promises his voice will shake all we’re seeing
Once again his voice will shake all he made
And yet the unshakable things will remain.

Come to the mountain of God
Where others before have trod
Come to the mountain of God
Follow the footprints deep in the sod
Come to the mountain of God

Come to the mountain of God
Unshakable Kingdom, on His Holy sod
Come singing his praises, hearts filled with thanksgiving
Worshipping God with awe and trembling, alive and living
On His mountain of Grace
Alive in the light of His Face.

Come to the mountain of God
Where others before have trod
Come to the mountain of God
Follow the footprints deep in the sod
Come to the mountain of God

Come, Come to the mountain of God
Stand with the angels, the saints on His Holy Sod
Where there’s no hint of darkness, sadness or storms
Where we are joyful and safe in his mighty arms
Come to the mountain of God.
Come to the mountain of God.

I recommend you read the whole scripture text, Hebrews 12:18-29 and consider your answer to the question Terry posed, “What is worship to you?” especially if all the physical evidence of worship went poof!!

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