Monday, July 31, 2006

Worship Experiment

Leading worship yesterday I took a risk. I know the idea was from God. The text for the sermon was Ephesians 5:19-20, "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks..."

So we gave the congregation a chance to sing and make music in their hearts - with a period of silence.

I was worried about this, because people (particularly small children) don't always understand stuff like this, and it is easy to have the experiment ruined - without malice, of course - by people who don't catch on. Also, you never know if the people are in the mood for a new thing when they come to church. We are creatures of habit, right? This was only a small, secondary concern, because our church is particularly open to the worship team's ... uh ... eccentricities. HA! So I prayed and left it up to the Lord.

So, we came to the moment, and there was a Holy Silence. It was awesome - in the best sense of that much overused word. And then, we started playing How Great Thou Art - no singing, just an instrumental. It was so sweet - thank you Lord!!

We so often think of worship as singing songs. But it is so much more.

1 comment:

  1. Sue,
    great! The use of silence in worship is probably one fo the most overlooked elements -- especially in our sight and sound generation! We do not know how to handle silence!
    We at WyoBC use silence every week. Sometimes, I am not ready to move on from this silent interaction with God, but I rush on, b/c that is what is planned. :(
    Look at my site for a post this week (I hope) about a silence experiment that I did with the teens at camp!).
    I tried an experiment myself at the end of communion service -- the chorus of THank You Lord with the Doxology acapella!
    It sounded great and especially in our older accoustically designed sanctuary!
    Keep experimenting with God in mind!