So on Friday i reposted a link to a blog that i came across- confessions of a former worship leader, which made me think a lot about how i worship, and particularly how i’ve worshippped God this last year. You see, prior to that I worked in a church with a strong musical emphasis, that had good musicians and singers and put a fair amount of effort into the quality of their music, and I love singing- I love music and its really easy for me to worship God through music. However, this last year I’ve been in a church with a mixed tradition- some weeks we have a choir and organ and I don’t know half the hymns, then other weeks our singing is led by a group of musicians- at times it includes most of the young people from the church and at other times they even ask me to play (yes, thats desparate!)… in some regards its been difficult. However, I’ve found things to praise God for and different ways to worship…partly because I’ve had to. But one thing it has done is make me appreciate that its God I’m worshipping (and yes, in line with the title, of course that includes Jesus).
So whats the sun worshipping link? Simply this- that when we go to church we manage to just about summon enough energy to consciously worship God for maybe 20 minutes in the 1hr+ that we’re there… and yet almost every day at the moment we’re putting on sun cream and sun hats, we’re sitting outside whenever we get the chance, we’re soaking up the presence of the UV rays (I’m not dissing this or claiming to be innocent- I had a great time at church today and was there for about 4hrs in total, but I still managed to spend almost twice that length of time enjoying the sun…and this time it was in the garden, not the beach)
So how do we worship God with the same measure of constancy and awareness that we direct towards good weather? How do we worship the Son as much as we worship the sun?