Well…apparently, it’s my responsibility to make sure our worship services are exciting. If the tenor of the service is flat, monotonous, or boring, then I haven’t done a good job. I suppose I must be a cheerleader for Jesus, and shout performance commands to the audience.
Yep, the audience. Because, if our worship service doesn’t resemble a Rolling Stones concert, then it just ain’t getting it done. The music, the lights, the subwoofer, a bit of smoke, the house lights down…these are ways to generate excitement, and they’re all to be used to manipulate a feeling of excitement.
And, here I am, thinking that the response of redeemed sinners is what worship is all about. Silly me. I should have known that manipulating emotions in worship to present the facade that we’re happy being Christians is what is required of me. Go figure.
Bob Kauflin writes an excellent response to someone who has been asked to make the worship at his church “more exciting.” In “How Exciting Should Our Sunday Meetings Be?”, Kauflin gives scriptural direction to what our worship gatherings should be. He says,
Our greatest need when we gather is not simply to feel excited, but to encounter God: to engage with the certainty of his sovereignty, the reality of his authority, the comfort of his mercy in Christ, and the promise of his grace. We need to be strengthened for the battles against the world, our flesh, and the devil that will confront us the moment we wake up Monday morning, if not before. Mere emotional excitement, however it might be produced, won’t be sufficient. We need God’s Word clearly expounded, God’s gospel clearly presented, and God’s presence clearly experienced…Our efforts to make our meetings exciting can actually end up obscuring what our congregations need the most.
I agree with Kauflin. I encourage you to read the entire article, because Kauflin states that our gatherings on Sunday should be exciting. That excitement should be a natural response to what God has done through Jesus Christ. Don’t rely on me to create the joy of your salvation. Look to your own heart, your own soul, and your own mind for the response to the One who saved you.