I’m the strange one, no really, I am. At church I’m on the rota for singing in the ‘worship band’, I enjoy music and the last time I was given the opportunity for leading the bit of the service called Extended Praise I chose about eight songs back-to-back. However, I don’t think the stuff we sing in church expresses me fully, there are a number of songs that I borderline hate, and quite a few that have been written for people with the ability to sing high notes.
Yesterday in home group we were talking about how our whole lives should be lived in worship to God. It was based on Romans 11:33 – 12:2, where we recognise that God is amazingly worthy of praise, beyond our understanding and because of this we should give our lives as a sacrifice.
33 Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!
36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.
1 And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b] 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Anyway, I ranted a bit about how annoyed I am that worship seems to be the thing that you do within the walls of the church, with special moments when the worship band (a term that I really hate) gets involved. I probably should have kept my mouth shut because we then proceeded to have a conversation based around music in church, which wasn’t really my point.
Two questions that I do have. Are we called to corporate worship? It’s a term that keeps coming up and I just don’t know. I know we’re called to meet together and worship God, but how has that become corporate worship?
Also, does ‘corporate’ mean us all doing the same thing? What I mean is, we all get together and sing, but usually only one person prays. Technically, one person praying would still be worship, which I’m OK about, but why can’t one person sing and we all listen and say ‘amen’ at the end – would that still count as corporate worship? (I don’t necessarily mean the bit about saying ‘amen’ at the end of someone singing – or maybe…)