Come now is the time for worship

14 Jun

Last week He-wood and I were at the Baptist Church Music Conference. It was nice. We enjoyed the orchestra and choirs that were present, something our little church isnt really capable of right now. Which is fine because I don’t think that’s how church has to be but I do hope my girls can grow up appreciating them like we did. Okay so there was lots of preaching and instruction and discussion that went on. Oh yeah and some fellowship with some cool peeps. Anyhow the first session opened with Mel Blackaby, maybe a familiar name to you if you have ever done Experiencing God study. Our theme was worship and I took away from him true worship is arriving at His (God’s) presence. Also I enjoyed the analogy of doing a good job but at the wrong place. I’m still hashing this out but maybe something like you or your church did something but it wasnt meant for you to do? I dunno…comments are welcome to help me figure this out. Also as leadership we need to answer for ourselves why should people come to our church? What to we have to offer? We have hashed this out (he-wood and I) during Catalyst conference.

Then we moved on to a discussion with Dr. Sharp. He-wood had his as a professor in school. This talked about generations worshipping together. This is such a “flash-point” for the church today because there are contemporary services, traditional, and blended services. We explored scripture that discusses how we should all worship together, setting aside preferences. He used the analogy of a Sunday Family Dinner of how worship should be. How true is it that that dinner has something for everyone from baby to parents to great grandparents at the table. The point of family dinner is fellowship and nourishment. It’s  a place to pass down stories…stories of God his faithfulness, how he provides, his character…NOT a place to pass down methadology. How many families sit down and talk about okay so at christmas you will do this and this and then at easter you must do this and this. No we talk about how at Thanksgiving a family member brought a frozen turkey to the table…raw frozen turkey. What an unforgettable memory!  We must build bridges to have an intergenerational worship service:

1-expand menu-variety, multi-sensory (He had a great breakdown of generations preferences, how they thrive, etc but it got wet…thats another blog)

2-utensils-tools for ministry variety sound, lighting, backgrounds, video testimony etc

3-condiments-hymns, outline, childrens guide

4-stories- bridge life

5-all are served- pretty self explanatory!!!!

Everyone is fed and fellowshipped which is the goal of church. We need to be fed God’s word and nourished our soul through worship (He-wood correct me if I need it) and fellowship with other believers to get encouragement and to be an encourager/serve!

Okay I’m done lecturing…comments…or am I writing to myself? Its cool I’ll hash it out for myself.

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