I make myself shudder when I think this way…
I love singing in worship. It rocks my boat, I engage and have a great time. That is only natural… I am a music person… I have always sung in choirs, groups etc. What about for those for whom “worship music” is not an enjoyable experience?
What about other creative expressions?
The danger when I ask this question is that I myself have to then start to accept the much maligned and mocked expressions. I don’t like flags in worship. I dislike them particularly when those who fly the flags get carried away and whack you in the head (it has happened). Can I accept flags as a true expression of worship without judging and despising?
But it’s not just about flags. Flag lovers may secretly hate singing, and could equally despise me for singing too loud, distracting them from the quietness of their heart.
Our worship should more widely reflect the creativity of our creator.
However, having said this, the question comes up for me – is worship in the church sense supposed to be communial or individual? Singing together is a great way that 10, 100 or 10,000 people can come together and join together in their “worship”. Is there a way that we can have “communial” expressions in other mediums? Yes, I can think of a couple. The problem is that they are liturgy, flags and dance. Shudder…
Our endeavours to be cool, cringe-free and trendy in church have severely restricted other expressions of worship. At our detriment, we have severed our vocabulary of worship.
So what does this expression of worship come down to? (And forgive me on this point, I am thinking of types of communial expression.) Is it anything? Sharing a poem that reflects on God’s glory? Indeed. An instrumental music piece? Perhaps? A painting? Pottery? What about someone who ‘blings’ up their car to glorify God? What about carpentry? Marathon running? What about worship for those who are not creatively minded at all?
Where does this line of expression start and end? How far can we go before we truly miss the point?
Perhaps this is all too difficult. Perhaps it is easier to ignore the “non-musos” and keep singing our songs.
Or perhaps this worship thing was never about us in the first place?