So much has been made of the word “worship”, so many terms have been applied to it that sometimes we don’t know which way to turn, or who to listen to. Which particular verb of “worship” applies to me? Which particular definition applies to my church? Whose version of worship is right for our church body? I have seen worship in large auditoriums, filled with haze, lights, and environment. Worship teams of more than 40 when you include the choir. Then there are smaller worship teams (artists) that tour consistently, having put out an album, and they can lead us to a place of worship that is sometimes surreal; their musicians excellent and unwavering to their version of worship. While searching for the right definition of worship, be careful not to confuse the form of it with the function of it. Worship is not for you, although you will greatly benefit from it. Worship is not strictly music, although music can certainly carry you to that secret place where you feel God’s presence. I have worshiped alone in a church sanctuary, watching dust motes as they traveled along sunbeams streaming in thru the windows. I also very recently was able to lead our church body in worship where not a single word was sung in the song we played.
Too often, we tend to read someone else’s blog, or magazine article, or watch their video, and then apply what works for them, when what you need to do is find out what is best for you, and then do it. Worship is for God. How that works in your church should fit your church’s particular need:
- “Form” is whatever vehicle you use to acheive worship: Music, spoken word, dance, congregational meditation. What works where you are, not where Hillsong United is.
- “Function” is the purpose. God desires to be praised. It’s what you were made for. 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Find what works for your church body, then do it. To the best of your ability, lift it. Giving all that you are, make the connection, and remember… the form is not nearly as important as the function.