Worship aNew

... re-presenting worship for a new day ...

1. over again; once more
2. in a different way; afresh
Collins English Dictionary

Throughout the ages and in myriad places people have added their voices and the work of their hands to the chorus of people worshipping God. Like rain on a river, much of this worship has disappeared from view. Some of it bubbles up to the surface again to be revisited, reused or just remembered. But mostly, its significance is swallowed up by time and place.

Of course God never loses sight of our worship. Even though it might seem small in relation to time-tested, professionally crafted or published expressions, it pleases God. Whatever the origin, the pleasure is increased when we share it and expand on it. Some of it has been published in the past, but now, with the advent of the internet, the opportunity for amplifying worship is within everyone's reach.

There is much that has been meaningful that now languishes in a drawer or closet, or on some hard-drive. It may have fulfilled its purpose, but it remains part of a story that is worth retelling. On the internet these stories can be a witness to God's goodness, not only for many brothers and sisters in Christ, but to the world at large.

This web site invites those who have investments in worship to reach out from their own places and times to worship anew with their images, music and words. These may then serve simply as a testimony, or as inspiration for creativity in worship, or as resources for new worship service.

At the beginning of this new year, after only a few months of work, I am pleased to be able to begin making this invitation public. I hope that many will participate in a grass-roots exhibition of God's grace in our lives, sharing the images and music and words of worship.

Henry de Jong
January 2, 2011

The Twenty Mile Creek, near Balls Falls in Jordan, Ontario, reflecting fall colours, like worship reflecting God's grace.

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