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Worship. I hear the word and instantly images spring forth of megachurch congregations singing vanilla choruses backed by a choir, orchestra, praise team, band, and possibly an enormous piano. On planning this article, I originally decided I would lambaste this, lambaste our generation for being so quick to snicker and judge this, and generally talk about the church's internal culture wars, which are almost passe at this point, concluding that we're all wrong to some degree and all right to some degree. What I most certainly wouldn't talk about was the maxim that worship should be an everyday experience rather than confined to an hour or two on Sundays. This is what anyone over the age of 12 has heard almost every time they've stepped into a church. So, guess what I'm going to talk about... Don't jump ship on me yet, though! It took months finally to sit and write this because I couldn't figure out what was going on. We always talk about worship being a constant, but don't really get to the why or how. It just gets left there for us to all process and take home and do what we will, and then nothing changes on Sundays because we've been handed this kernel of thought without ever unpacking it. Growing up I took this school of thought and pictured some guy's everyday worship as walking around, admiring the green grass and cute little squirrels, and singing Breathe on some loop in his head. While this image is pleasant and serene, I was pretty sure God wanted more from us than this, and honestly I've never been interested in being a drone, spouting platitudes to God. Simply put, worship is our response to God. I think the biggest obstacle in our worship is an insecurity over what exactly it is we're responding to. The... ... middle of paper ... ...years? I say pick what you like and go with it, but don't judge someone else for liking something else. Do I find the worship I described at the beginning of this overly produced and maybe sometimes more glitz than substance? Yes, I do, but I have to remember that there are possibly thousands of people in just one setting such as that connecting with God. He knows their hearts and is faithful to respond “where two or three are gathered.” I'll end with a nerdy example (what more could you expect): I see the act of worship almost like The Matrix, or generally anything you do that runs on technology. What you see and hear is merely a representation of many more intricate things going on beneath the surface. Where our heart is in relation to God will determine what takes place when we worship, whether it be in the everyday, or together as the Body of Christ.
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