I feel as though I’ve been blessed to experience worship in many different settings. When I was a teenager, I went on many youth choir tours around the country. We were able to sing in different settings and experience different Christian traditions. In College, I traveled to Germany and Austria and experienced what some of the finest cathedrals had to offer in the ways of their music capability. I also visited Italy and went to the St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, which is the home of polyphonic music (the grandfather of musical harmonies in music which we have today). I’ve been to mega churches, tiny country churches, old historic churches up in Boston, and coffee shop churches. All these places have one thing in common, and that is worship. All these places were designed for worship. But what exactly is worship? I mean, if someone asked you to define it, how confident would you be with your definition? It may not be as easy to define as you might think. Why is that? It’s odd to think that something that we love to do and have done (for at least some of us) our entire life on a weekly basis would be hard to put into words. This pandemic has also caused us to redefine the definition of worship. For example, in February, some might define it as “going to a location and…,” but I believe we have been able to worship from home.
I remember my grandmother living with us when I was young. Even though she was still pretty independent, she was no longer at an age where she should drive and we built a house that had a complete bedroom and bathroom on the 1st floor to accommodate her. Every Sunday morning she would get up, get dressed in her Sunday finest, and then proceed to sit in her chair and turn the TV on to a local church that came on at 11. FBC has had a long history with their broadcast as well, so location must not be the dominant factor when looking at worship. And still we long to be with one another. . .
This Sunday, in our in-person service at 11:00, we’ll be looking at worship. I will dive into what exactly it is we do when we encounter God and give some hope to what we can do when we can’t worship in the way we have been accustomed. See you then!