I am going to be at Mission Orthodox Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, MN next month for a workshop and concert. My conversations with the event organizers have been engaging and I am looking forward to our time together on November 5-6.
We live in a fragmented society. We are surrounded by more choices than we know what to do with. We are constantly bombarded with fleeting images. Technology, with the capacity to bring us together, also drives us apart, frequently across generational lines. The Church is not immune from these kinds of problems. The so-called "worship wars" brought words like contemporary and traditional into our everyday church vocabulary. The result is that many church worship services today resemble a smorgasbord of options based on personal preference. In this workshop, Brian Moss will talk about what the Psalms teach us, a diverse and multi-faceted people, about responding to God in worship together. Ultimately, the discussion will focus on how we can more effectively lead an inter-generational body in Christian worship.
As I prepare for this weekend there are a couple of questions I would like your help with:
1) What are the greatest challenges we face as we seek to worship God across the generations? For better or worse, musical styles plays into this conversation...but what else?
2) How can we better seek to include voices across the generations in order to tell the story of God's faithfulness?
Go to the Workshop Facebook Event page HERE.
"But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations." - Psalm 33:11
"For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations." - Psalm 100:5
"Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the LORD" - Psalm 102:18
"One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts." - Psalm 145:4