I’ve been listening. I’ve been listening to the people putting together the outlines for Sunday morning services – some call it the meeting, some call it worship. It is, beyond the labels, the plan to guide a corporate worship time.
Last Sunday I was in a small corps in Newfoundland where the music reflected the local culture. The sincerity of the people and their authenticity of worship was evident. No big brass band, no large songster brigade – just a small group of people singing – a couple of instruments – and lots of good singing.
What’s the intent of the planning then? I’ve always felt that in planning a service it should serve the purpose of supporting the intent of the sermon. If we believe that the sermon comes to us as a word from God, and that that teaching has something to say to our coming week then herein lies the focus. Whatever happens from their has that intent.
Of course the challenge to those who do this is that the intent rests in style. So will the style be “pop” or jazz or high altar (like Anglican) or will it be Victorian Add to the mix that the words of songs will also reflect and support the theology.
I hear lots of comments – some positive – some critical. And having been part of the process (sometimes solely) to put together a meaningful plan I’ve received lots of comments. So here’s my question: do you think it’s easy? Would you like this responsibility every Sunday?
Here’s what Jesus had to say about our worship:
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” – John 4:23