”When you gather for worship, each one of you be prepared with something that will be useful for all: Sing a hymn, teach a lesson, tell a story, lead a prayer, provide an insight.” 1 Corinthians 14:26
Working in the church office, I’ve had experience in worship preparation and have become somewhat of a worship “critique.” I know what I like and what I don’t care for. However, my perspective of the right way to worship is only 100% accurate for me alone.
I know many people who worship in large auditoriums with a loud rock band. They get energy from this style that depletes me of mine. I am used to “quiet” worship with liturgy, prayers, reading scripture, anthems, hymns sung out of a book, and a short sermon. This works for me. However, I have spent the last year worshiping in a Bible based church—one with soft band music and a half hour sermon. I have grown comfort in this type of worship, but I miss weekly communion and some of the liturgy that tugs at my soul.
Is it necessary to follow identical patterns in worship? God is present everywhere as long as there is respect for God, teaching from scripture, and a relevant message to help us understand our faith journey.
When one judges or compares churches, what do you think God is thinking? Perhaps he is saying, “Please just show up with an open heart and mind to show your love and gratitude.”
Lord, help everyone find the worship experience that brings them closer to you. Amen.