Guest blogger: Thinker, blogger & 20-something Zach Tanksley was an intern of mine for several years during my time in Redding, California.
I find it interesting that as we worship we base our thoughts on how a worship service should go based on how the worshiper feels. Do they like it? Is it too loud? Too quiet? The lights to bright or too dim? How many people on the stage become a distraction? Are solos being selfish?
What we seem to stop asking is… Is this pleasing to GOD? Are we offering HIM our best? Is HE the center of our worship or is the tithe plate more important?
There is no template for the perfect worship service. There are no right answers to bring the logistics to their absolute perfect spot. Unplugged or laser lights are both optimal. The reality is that we simply need to offer to God something for HIM. We are joining together in adoration of our CREATOR, our FATHER, our SAVIOR. We are bringing him shouts of praise and intimate whispers of affection. Showering him with grandeur and offering to him simple hearts focused on HIM.
God desires so little from us while we make so much seem more important. When Jesus spoke to the samaritan woman he made it very simple. We worship with our spirit, we worship whole heartedly holding nothing back. We are to give him ourselves. Because that is all he wants, our worship and us to follow him giving him our everything. Our trust, our hurts, our joys, our sorrows, our EVERYTHING. Which means we can hand him our misgivings during a worship service too. We can repent and hand him our hearts so that we can worship him regardless of the scenario. It is not the responsibility of the Worship Producer, Worship Leader, or any form of staff to make one fall into a place of worship, that belongs to the heart of the worshiper.
“The time is coming when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, and that time is here already. You see, the Father too is actively seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24 New Century Version