‘I am the Alpha and the Omega’, says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8)
Throughout the Easter season we read Revelation reminding us that the One who has risen is the One who reigns on high; the One who is the Alpha and the Omega, our God, the Almighty. We celebrate Pentecost this month claiming our call to witness, worship, and serve God, empowered by the Holy Spirit. This is the perfect season for a pastoral transition.
This month, we make final preparations for the arrival of Pastor Michael and his family. Thanks to Carmita Hunter for the welcoming bulletin board in the fellowship hall, and to all who have organized and participated in cleaning up the parsonage and the church. On June 9, at 10am, we will celebrate Pentecost by worshiping outside and then blessing the parsonage with our presence and prayer.
As one body, the church united, we will worship at 10am through this season. As we do so, let us consider our respective roles in worship and how our participation matters. The following I find thoughtful and instructive. From “An Audience of One” by Kenny Lamm:
Many people view the roles of worship like this:
The worship leaders are the performers of worship. They sing the great songs, preach the powerful sermons, and perform instrumental solos with great precision.
The congregation is the audience. They sit back and take in the great show.
God is the prompter of worship, i.e. He tells the worship leaders what to do–what songs to choose, what passage of scripture to read, etc.
Søren Kierkegaard (a Danish philosopher, theologian, writer and psychologist) stated that in corporate worship:
The people should be the performers of worship. They are actively participating in the act of worship.
The worship leaders are the prompters of worship. They lead the congregation on a journey of worship, helping them to voice their praise to God.
God is the audience. He is receiving our offering of worship.
If our congregations fully understand that worship is not something done for them, but they are active participants in the journey, it can truly transform worship… See www.renewingworshipnc.org/audience-of-one/ for the full article.
Let us with joy enter into this season and worship together, discerning the movement of the Holy Spirit in our midst.
P.S. It continues to be a real pleasure and blessing to serve in ministry with you here in Centreville. Looking forward to this month together!