“Sing a hymn, teach a lesson, tell a story, lead a prayer, provide an insight.” 1 Corinthians 14:26
I’ve belonged to many Lutheran churches and have attended several different denominations. Basically, they all do worship the same way Paul instructed. As I’ve mentioned before, I used to sing, but now I croak out sounds unbecoming for worshipping God. Somehow, I can sing the simple hymns of my youth better than praise music.
Yesterday, I attended the contemporary worship service at my church. The musicians did a great job leading the worship. Perhaps if I went to this service more regularly, I would know the tune to the words projected on a screen. So, I closed my eyes and listened to the words, swayed back and forth, and enjoyed what I could from the experience.
Two of my children attend churches with spirit bands and highly charged twenty minutes of singing before they hear the scripture lesson for the day. Then, they sit through a half hour sermon by a dynamic preacher. Not my style, but I am grateful they have found a meaningful way to worship God
And, as for my worship experience yesterday, it did keep me from dozing off after a short night of sleep. And, Pastor Al, as usual, your twelve-minute sermon fed my soul.
Lord, I am grateful for all styles of worship and for the Holy Spirit that binds us together as Christians. Amen.