Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Worship and Communion Sunday

Well, we're gearing up for a Worship and Communion Sunday this week. Basically, our Sunday morning services will consist of worship through song, scripture, silence, giving, teaching, and communion.

We usually keep the service under an hour, but really try to engage God through some creative elements that we don't always get to use on Sunday mornings. In my preparations for our time this week, I have been more and more convinced that there is nothing so creative or musically excellent that is capable of causing God to move.

He is independent of us. He is unlike us. He's not confined by our preexisting thoughts about him. Yet, He is present with us and many times we miss Him. My prayer for Sunday is not that the music is great, presentation is compelling, and transitions are executed flawlessly. I think those things help. My prayer is that we don't miss Him when He's right there in our midst.

I'm still plowing through Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin. In light of this week's service, here are some of his thoughts that are running through my head.

- In our sincere desire to help others view God as approachable, we must not forget that God is wholly unlike us. He is the one "who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see." (1 Timothy 6:16)

- Not once is Jesus or God ever described in the Bible as our friend. Abraham is God's friend; the reverse is never stated. Of course, in one sense Jesus is the best friend a poor sinner ever had. Nevertheless, that is not the terminology of Scripture, almost as if the Bible is reluctant to descend into the kind of cheap intimacy that brings God or Jesus down to our level." - D.A. Carson

- To lead worship in a way that makes God seem dull is a sin. But it's not creativity and production values that will help us. It's helping people clearly apprehend the character and works of God.

- The affections we're seeking to stir up are more than fleeting, shallow, self-induced emotion. We aren't trying to excite people for the sake of excitement. We aren't leading a pep rally for band. Godly affections are deep and long -lasting. They're the result of focusing on what God has done and who He is.

Looking forward to Sunday!

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