Thursday, April 22, 2010

To Tweak or Not to Tweak?

A few weeks ago we held a session called, “Tweak Sunday.” It was an opportunity for us to try and find ways to improve our worship. Everyone was encouraged to either attend a meeting or send in written responses to the questions; what’s working and what needs tweaking.

It was encouraging to have so many people participate. We even anticipated that we would get conflicting suggestions. Some people, for example, truly enjoy the Passing of the Peace and would like to have more time allowed for the activity. Whilst others loath it and would prefer a simple handshake or nod to the people immediately around us. Some people want only organ music and others never want to hear it again.

One reaction would be just to throw up out hands and give up. Another, more reasoned response is to develop principles that will help us have creative, meaningful and joy-filled liturgy.

So, the principle I would suggest is that: It’s not about me, it’s about Him!

Its one thing to know what we like when it comes to the things that happen at St. Paul’s on a Sunday morning. It is quite another thing to make any of those items make or break issues in terms of our walk with Christ. That’s what it’s all about. If a particular hymn isn’t to our liking we can hope and pray that others enjoy it and find meaning in it. If on one of those rare occasions the sermon seems boring there is a wonderful array of stained-glass windows upon which to meditate.

Actually, all of the suggestions people shared are very helpful and the Worship Team will continue to try and improve our liturgy. Hopefully, we will do this by improving on those things that are working and by developing creativity and variety. And we will never forget that at all times – it’s not about me, it’s about our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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