Sunday thoughts on a Monday morning

Sometimes during a church service I become aware of what we are doing–the raw details of it, I mean. Usually this is during the singing time, when, depending on where I am, 50 or 100 or 120 men, women, and children stand and sing songs together, we stand reading words from a screen or from a book and sing. What a strange thing! What are we doing? Sometimes the songs are beautiful, sometimes the words seem meaningless, but always we sing. How strange!

This thought and feeling came over me again yesterday morning. I again became aware of how odd and unprecedented it and even not normal it seemed. People from 5 to 90 facing forward, singing songs.

And then it dawned on me. It’s not just the standing reading theological and worshipful words on a screen, it’s the whole package. We are singing together: people of all ages, genders, and races, singing together about and to a God they have gathered together to worship. People of different incomes, walks of life, opinions, histories, all gathered together to sing, to listen, to learn, to worship, to pray. This is remarkable, when you stop to think about it.

I realized that it’s not just the words we sing, but the act of singing together itself that is powerful and symbolic–no, even an enacting of the Kingdom of God.

 

3 thoughts on “Sunday thoughts on a Monday morning

  1. Toni

    The way we do church is very strange at times. It seems that how we do church is so often just about us, rather than about God, but we lose sight of that is our need to do thing in ‘the right way’ so that we’re fed or feel like we have connected to Him. I have been trying for some time to re-imagine what church would be like if we gathered to bless God instead of Him us.

  2. Linea

    The fact that doing things together is part of how we worship has been one of the most significant things I have realized in my worship class. I can’t get by with just doing things my way.

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