The second belief that shapes what our community is doing on Sunday mornings (see the first here) is this:
We’re approaching worship as connected not fragmented.
What does that mean?
It means that
what happens here at church and
what happens in your home and
in your work and
in your school and
on the soccer field are connected.
It also means that what happens in your mind (intellectual)
is connected to what happens in your body (physical) and
is connected with what happens in your heart (emotional) and
is connected with what happens in your soul (spiritual).
It’s all connected, it’s not fragmented.
Historically, Christian worship has involved reading, prayer, and interaction.
We learn something (reading),
we communicate with God (prayer/worship), and
we do something,
we move somewhere,
we walk to a place of prayer,
we stand to sing,
we bow our head.
Worship has all these physical elements. It’s not just intellectual. In fact, it’s only partially intellectual.
I had breakfast with a friend recently who asked to meet with me just to tell me how he was growing in his relationship with Jesus. I think I was a little surprised: it’s just not very common to talk with career and family guys in their late 30s about sudden increases in devotion to Jesus.
So naturally, I asked him “What happened?”
I’m thinking, maybe he lost his job or he got bad health news or he went to India or had some big life-changing event.
His answer surprised me. It shouldn’t have (because it’s historically rooted), but it did (because it’s rare).
He’s intentionally and systematically going through each part of his life and submitting it to God. His career, marriage, roles as parent – giving it all to God.
He’s connecting all the parts of his life to God.
And not just all the parts of his life, but all the parts of his being as well.
He’s started spending some of his prayer time praising God with his hands raised into air. Then he spends some time praying on his knees with his head bowed.
And gradually, his relationship with Jesus, which used to primarily occupy one part of his life and be experienced primarily intellectually is now flooding into every part of his life and is being experienced by all his senses.
What we do as a church community on Sunday mornings is designed to be like that: worship as rhythm that connects everything to God.