Worship is what we were created for. Everyone worships something. Christian worship means declaring the infinite worth and the gracious redeeming work of God. It is glorifying God for who he is and what he has done. That is what is taking place in heaven right now and it is what the Church will do for all of eternity. For this reason, worship is at the center of all that we do. It is what everything else in the life of the church revolves around. We study the Bible so that we can know who God is in all of his wonder and the exceeding greatness of all that his redemption entails. And we do this as a community being continually shaped by the gospel.
Worship gives us a place to express the whole range of human emotions from great joy, to mourning, sorrow over sin, and thankfulness to the God who redeems. God doesn't expect us to check our emotions at the door. But worship is also primarily a formative experience where God actually shapes our hearts and desires to conform us into the image of his Son.
Worship is where God gives us what we need most . . . himself. In worship we receive Jesus as he gives himself to us in his Word and the sacraments. God communicates to us and we respond in songs and prayers of adoration, confession, and praise. Worship pumps the gospel through the church body week after week, so that we are empowered to love and serve our neighbors and our city.