Worship…..Style or Lifestyle?
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the church that I grew up in. It is a very conservative, traditional church. Instead of a band they have a piano, organ, and orchestra. They only sing hymns. It is different from the church that I am in now and so I decided to go into this with an open mind. I love to hear and sing hymns, so the choice of music or even the style didn’t bother me. After all, how can you not be touched by When I Survey The Wondrous Cross. The thing that really struck me was that they sang the hymn so fast. I never had an opportunity to really engage in worship. Thing was, that was how the whole service was. It felt really cluttered with all the “Things” that they tried to fit in. All the announcements and specials and everything else. Although the message was good , I left there feeling like I missed something. I missed engaging in worship. I realize that Pentecostals have been accused of “playing on people’s emotions” by singing the same song over and over again, and indeed that does happen, but now always. In most services that I am in and apart of, It does not take me long to engage in worship. Maybe that is because I have been intentional about my worship all throughout the week. But even with that, it is important that the atmosphere be set to allow people time to engage in worship. It doesn’t mean dragging it out forever and ever, but allowing time for God to move on people’s heart and to change their lives. More and more I am realizing that worship was the key that I was missing in my Christian life. I have realized what a difference it has made in my life. Even on the days when I think I should have never even gotten out of bed, when I worship it doesn’t necessarily make my problems go away, but it gives me the strength to go on and face whatever lies in front of me.