Filled with irony, this self mocking look at emerging mega church worship is too funny. The video is made by the team over at North Point Media. Check it out. Peace, dwight
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Our “family gatherings” are life of our community. On the second and third Sundays of each month we gather for to encounter the mystery and story of God. We spend time in worship and conversation regarding how our lives can find meaning and hope in connection with God and other.
Our evenings vary in content however the focus is God and we engage in discussion and activities that help us to see God’s activity in the world and in our own lives. Each person comes prepared to share themselves; bringing a song, a story, a God-moment, etc. Sundays from 4:00-6:00 PM.
The family gathering is @ Dwight & Lynette’shome in Bellevue.
Holy Week Begins. In the series of Lenton readings that Quest has been using this year one of the readings for today is the 22nd Psalm . . . it’s a Psalm to be read out loud.
My God, my God! Why have you forsaken me?
Why do you remain so distant?
Why do you ignore my cries for help?
Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.
Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief.
Yet you are holy.
The praises of Israel surround your throne.
Our ancestors trusted in you, and you rescued them.
You heard their cries for help and saved them.
They put their trust in you and were never disappointed.
But I am a worm and not a man.
I am scorned and despised by all!
Everyone who sees me mocks me.
They sneer and shake their heads, saying,
“Is this the one who relies on the LORD?
Then let the LORD save him!
If the LORD loves him so much,
let the LORD rescue him!”
Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb
and led me to trust you when I was a nursing infant.
I was thrust upon you at my birth.
You have been my God from the moment I was born.
Do not stay so far from me, for trouble is near,
and no one else can help me.
My enemies surround me like a herd of bulls;
fierce bulls of Bashan have hemmed me in!
Like roaring lions attacking their prey,
they come at me with open mouths.
My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart is like wax, melting within me.
My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay.
My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.
You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead.
My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs;
an evil gang closes in on me.
They have pierced my hands and feet.
I can count every bone in my body.
My enemies stare at me and gloat.
They divide my clothes among themselves and throw dice for my garments.
O LORD, do not stay away!
You are my strength; come quickly to my aid!
Rescue me from a violent death;
spare my precious life from these dogs.
Snatch me from the lions’ jaws, and
from the horns of these wild oxen.
Then I will declare the wonder of your name to my brothers and sisters.
I will praise you among all your people.
Praise the LORD, all you who fear him!
Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob!
Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel!
For [God] has not ignored the suffering of the needy.
He has not turned and walked away.
He has listened to their cries for help.
I will praise you among all the people;
I will fulfill my vows in the presence of those who worship you.
The poor will eat and be satisfied.
All who seek the LORD will praise him.
Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.
The whole earth will acknowledge the LORD and return to him.
People from every nation will bow down before him.
For the LORD is king! He rules all the nations.
Let the rich of the earth feast and worship.
Let all mortals – those born to die – bow down in his presence.
Future generations will also serve him.
Our children will hear about the wonders of the Lord.
His righteous acts will be told to those yet unborn.
They will hear about everything he has done.
One of the friends I’m doing life with (Jeff Baker), wrote a brief reflection paper (for Mars Hill Graduate School) on worship in which he talks about quest. I asked him if I could post it and he gave me an oke-doky.
Since I am “pastor”, (facilitator, leader, vision architect, metaphor masseuse, chief BS’er or whatever the “word” is these days), its cool to hear what another person is thinking and experiencing about our Christ-community.
Here’s the link: Relational Church Worship
I’ve been having this overwhelming sense that western protestant Church “worship services” ultimately have the opposite effect that we hope for. Among other things, we intend to lift up Christ, to praise him, and so on, however. The very act of elevating Christ within the worship gathering seems to reinforce a dualism, that relegates Christ to the sidelines of our lives the rest of the week. This is worship (Sunday morning at 11) this is not worship (the rest of life).
Empty excessive praise may be as damaging in our relationship with God as it is to all people, (see Alfie Kohn and Grant Wiggins). I hope you don’t think I’m saying quit worshipping because that is not an option, after all the rocks will cry out if we don’t.
But just because your church bulletin says it’s a worship service doesn’t mean it is.