Today we sang a song in worship and it started me thinking.
When we go to church, are we coming as worshipers or art critics?
We often hear people complain about the church.
- It’s too formal
- It’s too informal
- The preaching is too long
- The preaching is not long enough
- They are too many hypocrites
- It does not meet my needs
- They only sing old hymns
- They never sing old hymns
On and on it goes.
Now I know church is important for us as individuals. We need a place where we can find answers to our questions, where we can feel loved and accepted, where we can be challenged and encouraged.
Church should be a place that meets our needs.
But I wonder if we have become so focused on ourselves, we forget what true worship is supposed to be about.
This song reminds me:
It’s all about you, Jesus!
I’ll bring You more than a song for a song in itself is not what You have required You search much deeper within…
It seems to be the new thing in the last several years that people clap at the end of the closing song. Were we at a concert? I guess it’s polite, but is it necessary? Are we there for Jesus or the music?
I totally agree. Sometimes they clap at my church not always, but sometimes. I don’t get that.
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And once you start the trend, if people don’t clap, the choir will be insulted. Bad to start the precedent at all.