Today we live in a world full of stimulation overload. Ever go to New York or Las Vegas where everywhere you turn there is something trying to get your attention. And it doesn’t just stop in Vegas, now we see small businesses putting up big casino like LED signs trying to get you to pay attention to them and we are even seeing these techniques used in church!
Do we have to worship this way?
Is the world changing where we are competing with the world to get the attention of hurting people so we can share the gospel with them? Or are we to focus more on a simple style of worship and be “stimulated” more by praising the creator of the universe than being “stimulated by fancy videos and moving lights?
It’s a balance that every church has to find but I wanted to share my thoughts on this.
In short: both approaches can be the right answer.
When I was a sophomore in high school my youth group went on a mission trip and honestly I don’t even remember what part of the country we were in at the time but one thing I remember is this impromptu worship session that we had. I remember it because it was one of the most stripped down, yet one of the most beautiful worship sessions I’ve ever been a part of.
My friends and I were just sitting around passing some of the free time we had and we noticed a guitar case on the floor that belonged to the worship leader of the mission trip. I went over and grabbed the case and started playing some worship songs that I knew how to play off the top of my head. Before we knew it people around who weren’t in our initial group noticed us worshiping and came over to join us. It ended up being a big group of people who were genuinely worshiping our Father. And all we had was a guitar and a handful of songs that I had memorized. There is certainly beauty in simplistic worship.
But there is certainly beauty in the loud and bold worship as well. Let me explain.
It is biblical to loudly proclaim and praise the name of Jesus. In fact, Psalm 98:4 says “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music.” Our job as church staff or volunteers on a Sunday is to LEAD people into worship. Believe it or not, that is not just the Worship Leader’s job even though it’s in his/her title.
Whether you’re the band, an usher, or the media team, you play a part in leading people into worship and opening a service with high energy worship is a great way to lead them into an attitude of lifting up the name of Jesus.