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JCM Column: God is always inviting His people to come and worship Him.


God is always inviting His people to come and worship Him.

That is a bold statement. You should ask the question: “Dr. Smoak, how do you know this?” I am glad you asked the question. It deserves a prompt answer. We know that God is always inviting His people to come and worship Him because the Bible says so. The invitation is found in Psalm 95, particularly in verses 1, 2, and 6. The key word is “come.”

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
Let us shout aloud to the Rock of our Salvation.

Let uscome before Him with thanksgiving
And extol Him with music and song.

Come, let us bow down in worship,
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

There is the invitation. The Psalmist uses the word “come” three times. The English dictionary defines the word come as a verb or action word meaning “to approach or move toward a particular person or place.” In worship we do move toward a Particular Person! His name is God Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth. He has revealed Himself to us through His Son Jesus and His very Spirit, the Holy Spirit lives within us.

Speaking of verbs and action words, notice all of the action words in the verses above: sing, shout, extol, bow down, kneel. Yes, worship involves action. As JCM musicians we are thankful that one of the worship actions is music. Music is mentioned three times in these verses: sing, music, song. We are privileged to His musicians in the world today. We accept His invitation to come and worship Him.

We will sing for joy to the Lord.
We will shout aloud the Rock of our Salvation.
We will come before Him with thanksgiving.
We will extol Him with music and song.
We will bow down in worship.
We will kneel before the Lord our Maker.

Here we come!

Unity Christian Music Festival to be Held Aug 7-10

Unity Christian Music Festival will take place Thursday through Sunday at Heritage Landing in Muskegon, Michigan.

The 3-day event will feature world-renowned Christian musicians such as Crowder, Hillsong LIVE, Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp, and Matthew West. 

“Many families tell us the Unity is their vacation – they’re not just coming here after work on those days,” said festival Director Kevin Newton. “So we wanted to give people more time inside – for children’s activities, seminar tents and booths, as well as allowing more time for music, he added.

Starting in 2001, the festival has been held annually during the month of August, bringing people together for Christian worship and fellowship.

Introduction to Worship Course Outline

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a course of study covering the theology and practice of Christian worship. The course is designed to help students deepen their understanding of worship and examines how to strengthen contemporary worship in its various cultural settings.

RELATION TO THE COLLEGE STATEMENT OF MISSION: JCM students are preparing to spread the Gospel to the “network generation” through music. The local church and the world-wide Christian community continue to use music as a vital expression of their worship of God. Advanced studies in worship will help students be better witnesses to the “network generation” around the world.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: To gain an understanding of the theology and practice of Christian worship.



Required Textbooks: Learning to Worship with All Your Heart: A Study in the Biblical

Foundations of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, 1996

Enter His Courts with Praise: A Study of the Role of Music and the Arts in Worship, Robert E. Webber, 1997

Rediscovering the Christian Feasts: A Study in the Services of the Christian Year, Robert E. Webber, 1998

Recommended Reading: Recalling the Hope of Glory: Biblical Worship from the Garden to the New Creation, Allen P. Ross, 2006

Entering His Courts with Praise! Old Testament Worship for the New Testament Church, Andrew E. Hill, 1993

Understanding, Preparing for, and Practicing Christian Worship,

Second Edition, Franklin M. Segler, Revised by Randall Bradley, 1996

Diverse Worship: African-American, Caribbean & Hispanic Perspectives, Pedrito U. Maynard-Reid, 2000

The Emerging Church: Vintage Christianity for New Generations: Dan Kimball, 2003