Tracy Meola

Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. 

~Eccl 12:13 (NIV)

“Spiritual” is not just something we ought to be. It is something we are and cannot escape, regardless of how we may think or feel about it.

~Dallas Willard

Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. 

~Westminster Shorter Catechism

The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: “Amen, Hallelujah!” 

~Rev 19:4 (NIV)

Worship is no longer worship when it reflects the culture around us more than the Christ within us.

~A.W. Tozer

The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. 

~Unknown

It is a terrible thing to be grateful and have no one to thank, to be awed and have no one to worship. 

~Philip Yancey

Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.

~John Piper

Author of
Worship (dis)Order

Tracy Meola has a passion for studying the many facets of worship. In fact, she would call herself a worship theology geek. She considers herself a Messianic Gentile and has a love in particular for connecting Old Testament and New Testament worship. She has served both as a volunteer and on staff as a worship leader in a variety of denominations. However, leading worship internationally for missionary women has been very near and dear to her for many years… with Israel holding a very special place in her heart! Her greatest desire has always been to encourage other believers in their worship with God.

She holds a Bachelor’s in Music Ministry from Colorado Christian University and a MA in Leadership with an emphasis in worship from Denver Seminary. She teaches courses on worship at Colorado Christian University but is open to speaking to just about anyone, anywhere about worship! She lives in Denver, Colorado with her very supportive husband Matt.

About

Tracy Meola

About

Tracy Meola

Tracy Meola has a passion for studying the many facets of worship. In fact, she would call herself a worship theology geek. She considers herself a Messianic Gentile and has a love in particular for connecting Old Testament and New Testament worship. She has served both as a volunteer and on staff as a worship leader in a variety of denominations. However, leading worship internationally for missionary women has been very near and dear to her for many years… with Israel holding a very special place in her heart! Her greatest desire has always been to encourage other believers in their worship with God.

She holds a Bachelor’s in Music Ministry from Colorado Christian University and a MA in Leadership with an emphasis in worship from Denver Seminary. She teaches courses on worship at Colorado Christian University but is open to speaking to just about anyone, anywhere about worship! She lives in Denver, Colorado with her very supportive husband Matt.

Too often, the Christian church will look back only as far as the book of Acts and the formation of the first Christian congregation as its model for worship for our modern day church. We must remember that early Christian worship was first practiced by Jewish believers. Their context for worship came from a Jewish faith and their worship practices came from their understanding of the traditions and events that initially took place in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem as they worshipped a Jewish Messiah.

It was God and not man who laid out a very clear blueprint for worship back in the book of Exodus with the creation of the tabernacle. Everything that was a part of the tabernacle was just a shadow of what was to come in the person and ministry of Jesus Christ.

Worship (dis)Order sets the Old Testament tabernacle alongside the life and ministry of Jesus. Each of the elements (the bronze altar, the bronze laver, the table of showbread, golden lampstand, altar of incense, veil, ark of the covenant) portray some aspect of His life and ministry (forgiveness, sanctification, communion, baptism, etc). While we may feel very disconnected from Old Testament worship because it was a time of animal sacrifice and rituals, Hebrews 8:5 tells us that this structure was simply a shadow of what is already functioning and in heaven!

Worship (dis)Order explores the spiritual applications we can take from the tabernacle, while exploring the connection between the tabernacle and the life of Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Too often, the Christian church will look back only as far as the book of Acts and the formation of the first Christian congregation as its model for worship for our modern day church. We must remember that early Christian worship was first practiced by Jewish believers. Their context for worship came from a Jewish faith and their worship practices came from their understanding of the traditions and events that initially took place in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem as they worshipped a Jewish Messiah.

It was God and not man who laid out a very clear blueprint for worship back in the book of Exodus with the creation of the tabernacle. Everything that was a part of the tabernacle was just a shadow of what was to come in the person and ministry of Jesus Christ.

Worship (dis)Order sets the Old Testament tabernacle alongside the life and ministry of Jesus. Each of the elements (the bronze altar, the bronze laver, the table of showbread, golden lampstand, altar of incense, veil, ark of the covenant) portray some aspect of His life and ministry (forgiveness, sanctification, communion, baptism, etc). While we may feel very disconnected from Old Testament worship because it was a time of animal sacrifice and rituals, Hebrews 8:5 tells us that this structure was simply a shadow of what is already functioning and in heaven!

Worship (dis)Order explores the spiritual applications we can take from the tabernacle, while exploring the connection between the tabernacle and the life of Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Worship Video Series

Worship Video Series

Here is a link to a series of videos I did at Denver Seminary a couple of years ago with one of the worship classes there. In that lecture I had the opportunity to share much of my worship study....

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To Judge or Not To Judge

To Judge or Not To Judge

"Do not judge... lest ye be judged." As Christians, is it okay to judge others? At first glance, there are many who may say that it is not okay to judge others at all; that we need to leave any...

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The Plural Name of God

The Plural Name of God

You may have heard of God's name: Elohim (El-oh-him), but did you know that Elohim is actually a plural name - the singular being Eloha? This seems to demonstrate that the Hebrew scripture indicates...

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Pavlova – Meringue Dessert

Pavlova – Meringue Dessert

I know it's only January, but I'm already anxious for strawberry season! Found this recipe I need to try... looks refreshing. "Pavlova is a sweet, baked meringue, topped with berries and whipping...

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Fiery Writings of God – The First Pentecost

Fiery Writings of God – The First Pentecost

I had the privilege today of perusing the library of our Messianic Pastor. He introduced me to a set of books called the Targumim that he picked up while he was in Israel. Beginning up to 200 years...

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Is The Old Testament No Longer Necessary?

Is The Old Testament No Longer Necessary?

"We live under grace... not the Law!" I've heard that over and over again from people in the Christian Church speaking of the Old Testament in a manner that seems to suggest that the Old Testament...

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The Messianic Gentile (Christian)

It may disturb some to hear me say I no longer consider myself a Christian. "Christian" just doesn't seem the right word to describe the faith journey I've been on. Lots of people call themselves...

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Golden Lampstand – Tabernacle #6

Exodus 25:31-40; 27:20-21;  37:17-24 This week we will look at the golden lampstand.  As you enter the tabernacle, the lampstand would stand to the left on the south side of the Holy Place.  We...

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Holy Place – Tabernacle #5

Holy Place – Tabernacle #5

Exodus 25:23-30; 26; 36:8-38; 37:10-16 This week we enter the Holy Place.  As you pull back the curtain and peer inside, the first thing you may notice is the gold used inside the...

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