What is worship?
It is God's invitation. It is our response. It is God coming to be with us and for us. It is a remembering. It is a time of rest and peace - of healing and hope. It is a time to hear again God's proclamation of love for His creation and especially for us.
It is a time when God comes to connect with us - to touch us - through His Word and at His table. It is a celebration. And it is joy.
We don't always come in that spirit of joy and celebration. Often we come out of obligation and duty - beaten down and wearied by the trials of life. But God always comes in joy. He always comes to celebrate - like the shepherd who called his neighbors together and said, "Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep!"
Worship is God's invitation to us to come and join Him in His joy over our being found.