In the post Earl & the AG Pastors, Earl addressed a group of pastors, challenging the way they go about the various elements of church.
These are some of the questions he raised concerning worship:
WORSHIP – why is it always music? why the same songs?
why only pretty people on stage? why all the lights?
why do people have to audition to worship God?
why is there no creativity in your times of worship?
do not tell me what to do (raise hands, etc.)
why is everyone wearing the same color clothes?
Worship is our entire life offered in sacrifice to our Lord. Yet often when discussing worship, we mean the musical portion of a church service.
Before sharing my thoughts, let me qualify that I am not a worship leader or musician.
Personally, I love quiet worship. Music helps me enter the place of inner sanctuary and fellowship with God. I love how a song can bring you to those thin places in the spirit where God’s presence is suddenly tangible and His breath opens up your heart.
The Lord is teaching me to live in fellowship and communion with Him amidst the noisiness of my regular day also, to not separate the sacred from the ordinary. To learn worship in this aspect of my life is wonderful because it is a much larger part of my daily routine.
Sometimes I enjoy corporate worship. For me, it has more to do with the corporate response of the people in genuine worship than it has to do with the quality of the musical performance of the worship team.
Anyway, these are just my thoughts and opinions thrown out there for discussion. Don’t feel like you have to agree with them. And hopefully I haven’t stepped on any toes.