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Tue, Feb. 8th, 2005 07:05 pm
Worship Music...

I haven't done a philosophical rant in a while, so I think I'm a bit overdue. I've been spending a lot of time thinking about worship. Some call it a ritual, while others call it an experience. Some don't even care. Some think it's all about the heart and feeling the Spirit, while other say that it's about tradition and being reverent. What do I think about it?

In all honesty, I've spent a lot of time not knowing what to think. I've been part of churches on both extremes and I've burned myself out with both. The Bible says to worship with both your mind and soul, but, in churches I've been to, all I find is one or the other. Before, I was okay with it and I could feel a sense of worship through it, but now, neither do. What could be wrong?

Now, I believe God is real and that He deserves worship, so it frustrates me that I don't feel like I'm worshipping in a church setting. My problem is that I've come to a point in my spirituality where I'm no longer satisfied with mediocority in the way I worship. I want to worship with my mind and my soul. I want my worship to engage my emotions and my mind. Where do I find that?

My main problem is that I can't find anywhere that I can corporately worship and fulfill my views concerning it. I only wish that there were somewhere that would. At the same time, though, I wonder if corporate worship is meant to be a little different. I suppose it mostly reflects where the congregation is in their spirituality, but how am I supposed to know. I've lost touch with that aspect ever since I left West Union.

What actually engages both my mind and my emotions? For me, I've noticed that Bach and Brahms seem more worshipful than any contemporary worship set to me. If ever there was reverent, intellegent music that serious struck the heart, their works would be among it. Mozart's Kyrie, Palestrina's O Magnum, Mysterium and several others like that would also be included. I want music that is well thought through and masterfully composed. The trouble is, it's hard to find that in a regular church setting.

As a side note, I should mention that regardless of my views about worship, it does not mean that anyone else's form of worship is invalid. I believe that worship is an individual expression of one's relationship with God, so if it is truly worshipful in your mind, than I'm not going to judge you for it.

Current Mood: frustrated frustrated
Current Music: "..." -...


Wed, Feb. 9th, 2005 12:23 pm (UTC)

As someone whose best form of worship is singing, and not always traditional things, my worship needs are not always fulfilled at church. I don't think any individual's total worship need can be fulfilled in a church setting, because the church gathering is not about individual, but about a body, and as such the worship style/music must be something that can be enjoyed by as many as possible.

This year I've put more personal time into worshipping my own way at home. In this way, my worship needs are fulfilled, but I am not forcing anyone to my particular POV on worship or disturbing theirs.