As the worship team was rehearsing before the services at church this past weekend, the power went out. Literally mid-song, everything went black. I had entrusted rehearsal to one of our other worship leaders so I wasn't even here for this but, when I walked in moments later, I found our team still on stage, praying in the dark.
It touched my heart.
The sincerity, the honesty of that moment was amazing. They soon started playing worship songs with a piano and acoustic guitar, ready for whatever the quickly approaching services might look like.
When we realized that the power wasn't coming back on anytime soon and that the first and half the second service would happen out in the lobby, I think everyone was excited. Thrilled at the notion of something new, unexpected, and fun.
If you were there, the worship we had those first two services out in the lobby was amazing. It was intimate and genuine. I had so many people come up to me after that and ask if we could do it again. So I wanted to take some time to share what God spoke to me through that experience, and it might not be what you'd expect. I shared this with our team:
I want to remind you about the heart of worship. there in the church lobby we felt that warm feeling you get when things don’t go quite as planned but work out so well. Everything just came together so perfectly and it was extremely powerful! If you were there, you understand. When that happens, the temptation can be to think that God showed up more there than He usually does, and we begin to glorify the experience of intimate worship in the lobby rather than glorifying God.
Let me remind you that God is the same yesterday, today and forever and He is equally present at all times, in every service. Let's worship the REAL thing. God. Not feelings, not music, not lights, not the smoke, not the microphones, not sound, not creativity. Worship God alone.
So as we reflect on this weekend and look forward to next Sunday, lets remember to lean in at all times! Worship God in every service, not the experience of the service. And encourage others to do the same. Take some time to read Psalm 65... that's real worship.