WOW: Have we lost the WONDER in our Worship?

I thought I would post a song I wrote and recorded a couple years ago.  Today we have so many choices in where we go to worship as well as the music and vibe we prefer. But, with all of our multi-venue, multi-site, and multi-sensory expressions of worship have we lost a sense of wonder and awe? In our desire to be relevant have we reduced God to goosebumps derived from crafted experiences in haze-filled box-shaped houses of worship? Excitement on the stage might get a reaction. But, what are we truly cooking up?
 
At a restaurant we choose from a menu much like many come to church expecting. Let’s change that expectation! I’m not sure this is a good analogy, but I ran with it for a bit of sarcastic commentary. Please, let me know what you think. Below is a link to stream the song or buy it. (Buying it would be nice, too!)

Wonder of Worship – Single DIRECT LINK 

Wonder of Worship

 by Rich Kirkpatrick
 
Verse 1: 

Connoisseurs of worship we’ve become 
Please, tickle us and make it fun 
Feed us sermons with a sliver spoon 
Add some sugar and our favorite tunes 

Give us our preference, make us glad 
Challenge us then we’ll get plain mad 

Chorus: 
Where is the awe, where is the splendor, 
where is the wonder in our worship? 
Do we believe what we are singing, 
That even half of it is true? 

Where is the awe, where is the splendor, 
where is the wonder in our worship? 
Do we believe that God is here, 
And, by our faith do we draw near? 

Verse 2: 
Make no mistake this is our choice 
Divide the church or be one voice. 

Be mature, secure and sanctified, 
Unified, presented as his bride! 

Chorus: 

Bridge: 
We make his praise glorious 
We make his praise glorious 
We make his praise glorious 

We make his praise glorious 
We make his praise glorious… 

Chorus: 

Tag: 
We make your praise glorious 
make your praise glorious 
make your praise glorious 
Draw near, draw near, we draw near!

 

© 2011 Epic Stache Music (ASCAP)/Admin. for CCLI by Tehilla Music.

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

10 comments

  1. I was a praise and worship leader for over 15 years. I used to hear parishioners complain about how "service just didn’t feel right or I really didn’t get anything out of the service today" and this was all based on what songs I lead or didn’t lead or the topic of the sermon. In answer to your question "in our desire to be relevant have we reduced God to goosebumps derived from hazed filled box shaped houses of worship" Yes we have. You hit the nail on the head. We are trying to make God, church, his laws, worship etc. relevant. What does being relevant have to do with salvation. I left the protest church almost three years. It took many years for me to see clearly that the church in America has taken the worlds sence of emmediate, now, instant gratification and saturated Christianity. I am now worshiping in an Eastern Orthodox church where I have learned to worship not just from my heart or emotions but from my head. I worship because of the truth. Not based of how I feel or someone elses interpretation of faith. I find awe and wonder in the lives of the Saints. I am reminded of Christ sacrifice, his death, resurrection and love for me week after week in Devine Liturgy. I am home. I pray that your journey will be just beginning and that you will find true worship and true faith on your journey. -destiney
    Destineysblog@wordpress.com

    1. Thanks for the comment and thoughts. The key I believe is setting expectations to the truth of what we should expect from our worship gathering rather than follow the popular or what works. This is not easy to accomplish.

  2. I was a praise and worship leader for over 15 years. I used to hear parishioners complain about how "service just didn’t feel right or I really didn’t get anything out of the service today" and this was all based on what songs I lead or didn’t lead or the topic of the sermon. In answer to your question "in our desire to be relevant have we reduced God to goosebumps derived from hazed filled box shaped houses of worship" Yes we have. You hit the nail on the head. We are trying to make God, church, his laws, worship etc. relevant. What does being relevant have to do with salvation. I left the protest church almost three years. It took many years for me to see clearly that the church in America has taken the worlds sence of emmediate, now, instant gratification and saturated Christianity. I am now worshiping in an Eastern Orthodox church where I have learned to worship not just from my heart or emotions but from my head. I worship because of the truth. Not based of how I feel or someone elses interpretation of faith. I find awe and wonder in the lives of the Saints. I am reminded of Christ sacrifice, his death, resurrection and love for me week after week in Devine Liturgy. I am home. I pray that your journey will be just beginning and that you will find true worship and true faith on your journey. -destineyDestineysblog@wordpress.com

    1. Thanks for the comment and thoughts. The key I believe is setting expectations to the truth of what we should expect from our worship gathering rather than follow the popular or what works. This is not easy to accomplish.

  3. I was a praise and worship leader for over 15 years. I used to hear parishioners complain about how "service just didn’t feel right or I really didn’t get anything out of the service today" and this was all based on what songs I lead or didn’t lead or the topic of the sermon. In answer to your question "in our desire to be relevant have we reduced God to goosebumps derived from hazed filled box shaped houses of worship" Yes we have. You hit the nail on the head. We are trying to make God, church, his laws, worship etc. relevant. What does being relevant have to do with salvation. I left the protest church almost three years. It took many years for me to see clearly that the church in America has taken the worlds sence of emmediate, now, instant gratification and saturated Christianity. I am now worshiping in an Eastern Orthodox church where I have learned to worship not just from my heart or emotions but from my head. I worship because of the truth. Not based of how I feel or someone elses interpretation of faith. I find awe and wonder in the lives of the Saints. I am reminded of Christ sacrifice, his death, resurrection and love for me week after week in Devine Liturgy. I am home. I pray that your journey will be just beginning and that you will find true worship and true faith on your journey. -destiney
    Destineysblog@wordpress.com

    1. Thanks for the comment and thoughts. The key I believe is setting expectations to the truth of what we should expect from our worship gathering rather than follow the popular or what works. This is not easy to accomplish.

  4. I was a praise and worship leader for over 15 years. I used to hear parishioners complain about how "service just didn’t feel right or I really didn’t get anything out of the service today" and this was all based on what songs I lead or didn’t lead or the topic of the sermon. In answer to your question "in our desire to be relevant have we reduced God to goosebumps derived from hazed filled box shaped houses of worship" Yes we have. You hit the nail on the head. We are trying to make God, church, his laws, worship etc. relevant. What does being relevant have to do with salvation. I left the protest church almost three years. It took many years for me to see clearly that the church in America has taken the worlds sence of emmediate, now, instant gratification and saturated Christianity. I am now worshiping in an Eastern Orthodox church where I have learned to worship not just from my heart or emotions but from my head. I worship because of the truth. Not based of how I feel or someone elses interpretation of faith. I find awe and wonder in the lives of the Saints. I am reminded of Christ sacrifice, his death, resurrection and love for me week after week in Devine Liturgy. I am home. I pray that your journey will be just beginning and that you will find true worship and true faith on your journey. -destiney
    Destineysblog@wordpress.com

    1. Thanks for the comment and thoughts. The key I believe is setting expectations to the truth of what we should expect from our worship gathering rather than follow the popular or what works. This is not easy to accomplish.

  5. I was a praise and worship leader for over 15 years. I used to hear parishioners complain about how "service just didn’t feel right or I really didn’t get anything out of the service today" and this was all based on what songs I lead or didn’t lead or the topic of the sermon. In answer to your question "in our desire to be relevant have we reduced God to goosebumps derived from hazed filled box shaped houses of worship" Yes we have. You hit the nail on the head. We are trying to make God, church, his laws, worship etc. relevant. What does being relevant have to do with salvation. I left the protest church almost three years. It took many years for me to see clearly that the church in America has taken the worlds sence of emmediate, now, instant gratification and saturated Christianity. I am now worshiping in an Eastern Orthodox church where I have learned to worship not just from my heart or emotions but from my head. I worship because of the truth. Not based of how I feel or someone elses interpretation of faith. I find awe and wonder in the lives of the Saints. I am reminded of Christ sacrifice, his death, resurrection and love for me week after week in Devine Liturgy. I am home. I pray that your journey will be just beginning and that you will find true worship and true faith on your journey. -destiney
    Destineysblog@wordpress.com

    1. Thanks for the comment and thoughts. The key I believe is setting expectations to the truth of what we should expect from our worship gathering rather than follow the popular or what works. This is not easy to accomplish.

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