This Sunday we did stop singing in worship!
While our worship leader, Becka, didn’t lead us in singing songs, she did lead us in worship.
The reason is that when we hired her, we did not hire a piano player. If all we wanted was a piano player, it would be clear that all we wanted Becka to focus on was music. But we didn’t hire a piano player, we hired a worship leader. We want her to focus on leading us in worship. And there is a lot more to that than playing songs.
With that in mind, on Sunday, after the sermon, which was about worship, she led us in a great time of worship. Very creative, practical, relational worship of God. What did we learn from this?
Worship is not defined by music. But it should often include music.
Worship is not the domain of paid professionals. But paid professionals can join with the entire congregation in worship.
Worship is not just what happens in a church building for an hour on Sunday. But that time of gathered, organized worship can launch into a life of worship throughout the rest of the week.
Worship is not a set form. But it can be experimental, including many forms, practices, and even rituals from a variety of God-glorifying traditions, if done from a heart that says I want love the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.
Worship is not about getting filled, feeling good, and loving the show. But it can be inspiring, encouraging, and should be very celebratory, as we come to worship with the foundational attitude of giving, serving, and sacrifice.
So what did you learn about worship?