Luke 1:46-56 Mary Worship (Part 1)

What makes worship worship? Worship at it’s core is about elevating God, it’s about recounting his glory and finding joy in Him. When we look at worship in the scriptures it covers a wide breadth of forms but these things are consistent in them all.
If you turn to Luke 1:46-56 you will encounter Mary’s song which is usually called “The Magnificat” because in the Latin translation, Magnificat is the first word of the song. Very early on, the early church began using this song in Christian worship.1
As we prepare to read this together, please notice how much of Mary’s song is past tense but still refers to future events from her time. Her song is therefore both worship for the moment as well as prophecy of the future on top of an eager faithful expectation of what God will do because it is what He said He would do.
Let’s read this one together. Please stand as you are able and hear then the word of the Lord, Luke 1:46-56.

True Worship Happens in the Heart

The first line of the song calls out “My soul exalts the Lord!” To exalt God is literally just to declare that he is great. But it’s not just what it said about God that we should see here. It is after all Mary’s soul that exalts the Lord, not merely her lips. This is worship of the very core of her being – not lip-service.
Looking at it this week has had me asking myself a question I now share with you. “Am I worshiping God with my soul or just with my lips? Does God feel inclined to say of me, ‘these people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me!’” (Isaiah 29:13)

Review: ProPresenter 4

Recently our church decided to upgrade our video graphics system due to the fact that our old graphics system was showing its age. After much research, we decided to go with a MacBook Pro for our hardware and RenewedVision’s ProPresenter 4 for our worship presentation software. We chose a MacBook Pro due to the fact that, for starters, since I would be overseeing much of the IT-related functions at the church, I’d rather work with a Mac because of the simplicity and reliability, as well as the Mac came pre-installed with software we’d need to use in the future, be more compatible with software we’d need to run in the future, and as I mentioned above, the simplicity and reliability of the platform just makes our work easier.

ProPresenter was one of the main non-linear worship graphics presentation software applications available for Mac, and it’s truly currently the gold standard in non-linear worship presentation software, cross-platform (we’re also beta testing Proclaim from Logos, which does look excellent, but it’s far from being ready for production yet, we also loaded PowerPoint and Keynote on the Mac for running static slideshows when we need it).

One of the nice features of ProPresenter is that it is a cross-platform application. This is especially helpful for users purchasing a site license, due to the fact that with our church site license, we can install ProPresenter on multiple machines, both Windows PC’s and Macs! This allows us to be on one standard software platform no matter who at the church needs to run ProPresenter on any platform.