Stepping Out of Our Cultural Worship

August 30, 2010 at 11:13 am | Posted in Uncategorized, Worship | Leave a comment

Psalm 96:3, 7-10.  “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.  . . .  Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.  Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts.  Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.   Say among the nations, ‘The LORD reigns.’”

          God’s heart is for his name to be proclaimed among all nations and all cultures.  Often we get so caught up in our own cultural milieu that we forget his heart.

          We want our daughter to experience some different styles and cultures of worship and to have a heart for the nations, and since yesterday was a Sunday off, we attended worship at Living Hope Baptist Church, an African-American congregation in our denomination.  It was a great service.  Pastor Robin Holland was on vacation so youth pastor, Scott Sangster gave a wonderful message on the older son in the Prodigal story.  Good exegesis and great application.  Though my daughter said, before we went, that she is always uncomfortable visiting other churches, she commented, on the way home, how much she enjoyed the service at Living Hope.  In addition to the message, we appreciated the worship team and the great music they led; the enthusiasm for truth; the central place of prayer in the service; and the attitude of worship and thankfulness over the offering.  I’ve never been in a church where the leaders gathered around the filled offering plates and thanked God for his abundant supply – something more of us should try.  May God bless Living Hope with many who come to know the Savior through their ministry!

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