Worship is weird

Posted by Pete Short on 21/11/2015 11:42

I’m sure that for many of us that have been part of a church for a number of months and years this is not the case, but WORSHIP IS WEIRD.

When else would a group of ‘normal’ people meet together to sing songs to a person/spirit/God that appears to be absent from the room?
Even weirder, these songs are often about blood, being set free, and ‘giving Him our hearts’ … weird!

Our church is so blessed to have so many new folk coming to our services each week, especially when we have baptisms, or some of the big services at Christmas and Easter.

We need to think long and hard about how we make people feel welcome at our services, and singing about abstract concepts and using Christianese words is so often unhelpful.

Christianese is a term introduced to me by my good friend Sarah. It is what we use to describe those words that we only ever use in church. We all think we know what they mean, most of us probably don’t actually know what they mean, and people coming into church for the first time certainly don’t know what they mean (see: redemption, grace, sin, salvation, fellowship, and the gospel).

In our worship band, we try to be very deliberate about the songs we sing at a baptism service. Words need to be accessible, speak truth about our God, and get across His Good News in a straightforward way. We sing about what we believe, who we believe in, and why we believe in Him.

My prayer for this Sunday is that our church, our songs, our sermons and our welcome is so simple that even a young child could understand who we are pointing towards. Our church will have lots of visitors this weekend, we need to connect with as many as we can. Our acknowledgement of them could alter their eternity[1].

Song for the week:
Saviour of the world – Ben Cantelon

[1] – thanks to @innovativeCWC

If any of this has grabbed your interest and you want to chat about it, then you can reach me on Twitter @peterjshort. I’d love to hear from you.



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