Sunday, January 06, 2008
Worship invisible dreams.
Thanks for all the comments on the previous post, I wasn't trying to make a statement about the rights and wrongs of what I felt, just present a picture. In all honesty after only 5 hours sleep when I wrote that piece my mind was pretty blank at the time of writing.
I just want to touch on a few things that have been commented on and said:
I was talking to some friends back in the UK about worship, specifically sung worship. That 45 minute or 30 minute slot on a Sunday morning. Which I enjoy a lot. I like sing-a-longs, you'll catch me after a few beers singing "Hey Jude" with great gusto and there are many others who like a great sing a long and this is one of the appeals of Sunday morning sung worship. It seems to me that no matter how hard we try, how hard we say that worship is a life style, etc. etc. People still refer to Sunday morning sung worship as the worship service.
You then also have a group of committed people with jobs and lives who have to give up one evening a week, arrive early on a Sunday and practice for this 45 minute session. I've met a few worship guys who are getting disillusioned with this.
Increasingly people will move away from wanting to attend the worship service because their worship will be acts of service throughout the week. I see apathetic worship leaders and musicians and attendees who just can't see the validity of this type of worship. Personally I do see it's validity because I enjoy corporate singing and like the opportunity to be loud. I totally understand that if that doesn't float your boat you will find sung worship a little empty.
In large gatherings, and large churches anonymity and invisibility are key challenges. I know of someone who was part of a worship team in a very large northern church she had a break down and left town, no one noticed! People get lost in a crowd.
I have also observed that even sold out people in larger churches can be invisible. by that I mean you can attend a mid-week small group, help out with the children's work, have a few Christian couples around for dinner and wine at the weekends, attend on Sundays, help put the chairs out and still have a bag full of issues that no one ever notices.
I feel it is harder to hide in small communities you are confronted with your own character flaws and inadequacies in smaller more intimate communities. If you're lazy it will show, if your controlling it will show, if your grumpy it will show, if your rude it will show, if your spiritually in-disciplined it will show I believe it is a lot easier to hide these flaws in a large active church. This is a challenge, one that large active churches need to address, many do but it is always easier to hide in a large group.
Large gatherings can also appeal to nominalism.
I have been reading a book on surrealism by a guy called Jose Perre he uses this great little line when speaking about gestures recovering there truth and talks of a world "in which action would be sister to the dream"
I love that. Action needs to be the sister of our dreams.
How do we turn our dreams into reality?
IN THE ARENA OF HUMAN LIFE THE HONORS AND REWARDS FALL TO THOSE WHO SHOW THEIR GOOD QUALITIES IN ACTION...I COUNT HIM BRAVER WHO OVERCOMES HIS DESIRES THAN HIM WHO CONQUERS HIS ENEMIES; FOR THE HARDEST VICTORY IS THE VICTORY OVER SELF." ARISTOTLE
Maybe we are the only ones stopping ourselves from walking into our dreams?