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in search of the ultimate worship experience pt. 3

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first off, i’d like to apologize.  i do actually know at least 2 families with 3 sisters in them.  and they are very cool families.  actually i think both the middle sisters are my age.  middle sisters are the coolest!

as this is a medium for sharing my thoughts, i thought i’d share about what i’m passionate about.  i’m passionate about worship.  but more than that, i’m passionate about teaching other people about worship.  not in so much of a “i know more than you do” kind of condescending teaching, but instead a more “let’s learn and experience things together” kind of teaching.  for those of you that may not know what the crap i’m talking about.  worship is an expression of emotional, physical, and spiritual response.  the response can be to many things: a sports game, a concert, God.  in this case, i’m specifically referring to God.

as some may know, i lead praise.  this means that usually every sunday, i am up on stage playing guitar and singing in front of the congregation leading them in songs of worship.  this of course is not all that worship is.  worship is not merely singing.  nor is it merely preaching.  worship is so much more.  so much more in fact, that i can’t even put into words what all worship encompasses.

what i would like people to know and experience is that worship can exist without music.  this may be really crazy to hear from me becuase i’m all about music.  why would i not want to share the wonderful gift that is music?  well, in order for me to learn and in order for other people to learn that our conception of worship is pretty narrow.  i can’t tell you how many times people ask me to play a couple songs to open a meeting or a service.  or the first thing people think when they’re planning a retreat or a service or even a Bible study is, “we need songs.  who can we get to play music?”  well, i’d like to challenge them with this, “do we have to have music?  is music an absolute necessity that without it we aren’t worshipping?”  i think part of the reason i think this is because i’m kinda sick of people asking me to lead songs for things.  but i think more than that, at the core of it, i want to experience something more and i want other people to experience something more in worship.

so with all that being said.  i am passionate about experiencing worship in different ways, and not only that, but i want to bring other people on board too.  i want my mind to be opened to different worship experiences as well as other peoples’ minds to be opened to different worship experiences.  i have some ideas on how to do this, but i know it’s going to be a continuing process that may never reach its end.  and i’m really excited about pursuing this.


Written by enoch

August 21, 2008 at 9:08 pm

Posted in from my mind

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  1. I agree. Songs aren’t necessary for worship. BTW, will you lead a couple songs for…


    August 22, 2008 at 9:07 am

  2. Dude, I just read your blog and I have been on the same rant. The shock in people’s faces when they hear me say, ‘let’s not have music everytime to open up as worship’! What I find funny is that the lead pastor is so dependent on that form of expression and at the same time criticizing folks being so dependent on worship music. Good stuff, Enoch.

    Peter C.

    August 22, 2008 at 4:49 pm

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