In this Worship Sound Bite Hope Darst brings her definition of Worship. We never tire of hearing our community define some of the most common “church” terms as we can all learn from getting back to the basics. To Hope, as with so many others who are now discovering more of the theology behind this important term, “Worship” is more than just singing on a Sunday morning.
“It really has to be a lifestyle that’s a response to who God is.”
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I think when I was younger, I started out thinking that worship was just singing songs, you know, and being in a room and singing songs about Jesus or to Jesus. But as I’ve walked with the Lord, you know, I’ve learned that it’s not actually about songs at all. It’s actually about living a life that honors God and pleases God and everything that you do, whether it is standing in your kitchen washing dishes and correcting your children in a spirit that’s full of love and kindness or it’s having integrity in your job or whether it is showing up on a Sunday morning and choosing in that moment to say, right now you have whole heart and whole attention and I’m going to bring you honor and glory in the songs that I sing in the life that I live, it really has to be a lifestyle that’s a response to who God is.
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Over the past 15 years, Hope Darst, has been leading worship, growing her family and serving the local church. She wears many titles…wife, mother, worship leader and songwriter. In 2013, after a decade of being in full-time ministry and on staff at her local church, Hope found herself in a season of transition as she focused on being a full-time mom. During this time, Hope and her family visited a small gathering of people in a basement and encountered the presence of God in a new way. “I had been “doing ministry” for so long that I had ignored so many parts of my heart and life that needed ministry. I was desperate for healing and a fresh encounter with God. That year of rest became the foundation for discovering a new way of living with Christ. Week after week I would enter God’s presence during worship and the word and experience deep emotional and mental healing that I had long thought was impossible.” This “gathering” would eventually become what is now The Belonging Co. church.