Monday, September 03, 2007

Music is Not Necessarily Worship

As my church begins to evaluate it's direction involving musical preference, there will no doubt be some controversy. The church is currently a blended service, meaning there is a praise band that leads in praise and worship, and a choir director that leads in the more traditional hymns. The history behind the traditional hymns should not be ignored. Read the story behing It is Well and you may not find it so boring. And the church has some amazing internal talent that has written some of the most beautiful contemporary worship songs that I've heard. I believe that both have a place, but neither should be the center of worship.

I read a book review by John on the book The Grand Weaver by Ravi Zacharias. Below is an excerpt from the book that is very appropriate as the church makes descisions about music preferences.

But first the table for Communion had to be positioned -- and with such little room on the platform, it was difficult for anything to feel liturgically comfortable. After the reading of a portion of Scripture, the bishop took the bread to break it. Finding no good spot on which to place his Bible, he placed it on the floor. while the ushers were distributing bread, somebody's cell phone rang -- no one knew whose it was until it went off again. It belonged to one of the Communion stewards. Pausing from her distribution of the bread, she scurried to the front of the auditorium to turn off her phone. By the time the worship concluded that evening, this experience had supplied a potent symbol of what has happened to the church.

Somewhere, somehow, we have been led to believe that music is the centerpiece of worship. It isn't. It is included in "praise," one of the five expressions of worship. The clearing of the platform in order to accommodate the musicians and the displacement of everything else in order to facilitate the music set would lead us to believe that because w have sung, we have worshiped. We haven't -- not necessarily anyway (145).

Don't think that because you sing songs either traditional or contemporary that you have worshipped. And don't say that you can't worship if the songs are of a certain variety.

1 Comment:

  1. Joel said...
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I wrote an article for the newsletter back in May or June about worship and how it is not totally about music but about a lifestyle. What we are consumed with - don't know how many read it or understood what I was saying. We worship athletes and musicians and should worship God in that way or more. Satan has us right where he wants us - arguing over music rather than sharing the Gospel and making disciples. Read Col 3:16

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