Check out John 4. In that chapter Jesus encountered a Samaritan woman. She was shocked that he, being a Jew, would even talk with her. Jesus then asked her for a drink but then shifted the topic of conversation to living water and eternal life. When he addressed her multiple marriages, she changed the subject to talk about style of worship. She said, “our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” She was focused on mountains when Jesus made it really clear that these were incidentals, not the main thing. Mt. Gerizim or Mt. Moriah did not matter anymore. So he said, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem…..a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for they are the kinds of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4.21-24)
So what is the main thing about our worship time? Is it the different styles of music? Is it the size of the worship team? Is it the fact that there is no prayer in-between songs or during them? Is it that the worship team is not on a stage with lights on them so we can see what they are doing? Is it that the worship team sometimes sings children’s Sunday school songs in their set? Is it sometimes some of our favorite songs are played in a different style or slowed down. Are any of these things the main thing? The answer is no – even though they are all done purposefully. We have a reason for all of these. If you are curious I would be happy to explain. To some, this way of worshiping is unique and preferred. To others it is simply not their cup of tea. And that is ok. Here is the million dollar question: Can you only get in touch with the Holy Spirit and speak or sing to God from your heart when the mood is just right? When the lights are just so? When it is a full moon and the planets are aligned? The world is a noisy and messy place. Worshipping is an exercise. The more you practice it, the better you get at it. Learn to worship in the noise and mess. Even if it is not your cup of tea. Your Father cares less about the particulars and instead cares about just hearing from his beloved children! Worship in spirit and in truth.