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A Theology of Worship
'Singing' a New Song to the LORD




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As you, Father, are in me and I am in you,

 may they also be one [relational wholeness] in us,

so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

John 17:21


            At the start of this theology of worship, we imagined two worship contexts: the new sanctuary and the old Secondary Sanctuary. My hope and prayer is that more and more of us will seek the new sanctuary for worshiping nothing less and no substitutes for the uncommon (whole-ly) God, and thereby stop settling for anything less or any substitutes. Then our worship gatherings will ‘sing’ in likeness of the person Jesus vulnerably embodied and enacted for us, to live uncommon as whole persons transformed in the primacy of relationship all together with the Trinity!

In the new sanctuary, secondary matters of worship (important, but not primary) are integrated into God’s priority for intimate and equalized relationships with God and each other. Here we gather, vulnerable in our whole persons, behind the curtain and without the veil of relational distance. Yet, we must never assume where our heart is.

Our focus must always come back to Jesus as our key. Just as a concert pitch is used to tune all the musical instruments in an orchestra, Jesus embodied this concert pitch essential for us to become the symphony of worshipers that delight the Father’s heart, because Jesus enacted not only who, what, and how God is, but also the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. As we’ve covered in this study, Jesus hasn’t left us alone as relational orphans to figure this path out, but, rather, the Trinity dwells within us by the Spirit, intimately involved with us, to challenge, convict and correct our steps.

          Keeping in step with the Spirit as we follow on Jesus’ relational path is the only way available for us to understand and know Whole-ly God, to be and live according to the key of Jesus. This is the heart of who, what, and how we need to be conjointly as disciples and worshipers, and in intimate and equalized relationships as God’s very own daughters and sons. Simply summarized, ‘singing’ the new song of God in worship is the uncommon celebration as the new creation family of God—nothing less (in relational distance) and no substitutes (no masks). Let the ‘singing’ begin!

            For this relational purpose and blessed outcome, the following song thus emerges for the new song to the Lord:


‘Singing’ the New Song[1]




Sing the new song to the Lord

Sing the new song to our Lord

the veil is gone

    the veil is gone

[embrace the whole of God]    

                         Note: [ ]s hummed (or the like); no words aloud, no instruments played


Sing the new song to the Lord

Sing the new song to our Lord

you are holy

    you are whole

we’re uncommon

    we are whole

[embrace the whole of God]


Sing the new song to the Lord

Sing the new song to our Lord

you compose life

    in your key

life together


no veil present

    distance gone

[embrace the whole of God]


Sing the new life with the Lord

Sing the new life with our Lord

you are present

    and involved

we be present

    now involved

[embrace the whole of God]


Sing this new song to you Lord

Sing this new life with you Lord

the veil is gone

    the veil is gone


[embrace the whole of God]


[embrace the whole of God]


[embrace the whole of God]



[1] Composed in the key of Jesus with the Spirit and sung with Paul (2 Cor 3:16-18), Kary A. Kambara and T. Dave Matsuo, 2011.







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