Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Opus 2013-58: Monday Pulpit: Did You Worship?

I can worship anywhere, even in church.

I say this based on a weekly experience I have.  Every week we have what amounts to a fifteen minute concert of worship music.  I make it a point to get there early and prepare myself for worship.  If it is a hymn I look it up and study the words as the pianist plays.  If it is more contemporary, I will go over the words that I know.  If it is a song I don’t know I will listen and sometimes make up phrases of praise that fit.  I often end up closing my eyes and tuning the world out.  Sometimes I am surprised when the actual service starts.

It can be a wonderful time.

What makes it a challenge is all the people who feel like they need to talk over the music to greet their friends and all the people they care so much about that they haven’t talked to them since last week at this time.  It would be easy for me to stare around and give reproving looks.  I could even ask them to pipe down, but it wouldn’t work.  Instead I focus on the music and put aside my attitude attacks. 

It works.  The Holy Spirit meets me.  I am ready to go when the formal service begins.

Join me next Sunday, wherever you are.  Worship whatever the style of music.  What has been called “the still small voice” of the Holy Spirit can meet you and honor your listening heart.

homo unius libri

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