(Get me out of here: fast)
Some good stuff gleaned from http://www.forgecanada.ca (A variety of articles and journals hit my in box. I am often grateful for this: it has helped me realise I am not a lone voice). I am increasingly intigued as to how our values are being formed as Christians; looking at my own I sometimes fear that mine are formed more by the shopping centre than by the biblical values of simplicity, radical hospitality and open community.
No more so is this in worship. I think I am an ok preacher and leader of worship (most of us do), but it is a pretty solo job: I am often minded of the Nirvana song: ‘Smells like Teen Spirit’ and its refrain ‘Here we are now: entertain us’. When you plan as a group though, it takes so much tim; time that I often haven’t got. But then again, if you are not careful, this can just lead to producing a better ‘worship experience’. I do wonder about the time it takes to produce the one hour on Sunday to the exclusion of other aspects of discipleship…
Here, then, is the ‘good stuff’ which if you are a preacher and leader of worship will make today so much harder…
‘Although we do receive from the Lord and others in the midst of corporate worship, the purpose and posture of worship consists in what we bring: we are God’s children who bring gifts to the King of Kings. The Jews understood this in the instruction. We seem to have reversed the priority in our practice. Inadvertently we have participated in creating a consumer mentality through creating “worship experiences” (even that phrase is indicative) that are made for us to get something for our effort. We become good at creating “worship services” (another consumer term) so that we achieve the desired outcomes of emotion, and action towards a goal, instead of acting in faithfulness to bring to God our offerings out of gratitude for what He is doing’.
‘When we come together with these stories of God at work, it is not difficult to see how joy is produced through God at work rather than just what song we will sing. If we are telling stories of God at work, it doesn’t matter much to us whether we like this or that song, or the way this band plays it’.
In this quote ‘stories of God at work’ doesn’t just (or at all?) mean about how your week has been a continual victory and God has found you infinite parking spaces but how you have engaged, what you have seen, what could be…with all it’s joys and sorrows.
(quotes from Cam Roxburgh at http://www.forgecanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/September-MV-20121.pdf)