I’ve been thinking about worship this morning, and how we do it. Do we make worship fall into a particular grid during our church services? I think we do. We always have a time slot for worship, and generally if the Holy Spirit is moving, then he politely gets told to stop because time has gone over and we need to hear our sermon now. Most songs we sing are congregation friendly, and some would say too femine and lovey dovey. I know in the past when I’ve had conversations with J about a particular worship song he has said “no we can’t do that it’s not congregational.” What do we mean by that? When we lived in Vancouver we used to have artists painting whilst worship was going on, along with the odd brake dancer doing his moves at the front – and what ever else went to be honest – very freeing though. At church, why don’t we spent more time with “alternative” worship, such as poetry, contemplation to instrumental music, art etc.
Most worship songs are about how great life is and that Jesus is our only focus the only one we live for. Can we honestly sing that though – is Jesus really the only one we are living for, if I’m honest I wouldn’t say that was the case in my life, I try my best, but recognise that I’m still a selfish being as well. Where are the up front honest worship songs – you know like “life sucks right now, I’m weak and struggling and have no idea if you even hear?” (I think these are what some refer to as more masculine songs). I guess they wouldn’t sell well at the Christian book store. Do we have freedom in church to really explore worship or are we too time constrained? Should worship be the main part of our church gathering, with just a 15 minute talk, or no talk at all if it is not necessary? How would you like to see worship at church, and how do you worship differently at home? I’m sure J will have an opinion on this one!