These were some of the questions he raised concerning worship:
WORSHIP - why is it always music? why the same songs?
why only pretty people on stage? why all the lights?
why do people have to audition to worship God?
why is there no creativity in your times of worship?
do not tell me what to do (raise hands, etc.)
why is everyone wearing the same color clothes?
Worship is our entire life offered in sacrifice to our Lord. Yet often when we discuss worship, we mean the musical portion of a church service.
In sharing my thoughts, let me qualify that I am not a worship leader or musician.
Personally, I love quiet, private, secret place worship. I enjoy music, and it helps me enter in to the place of inner sanctuary and fellowship with God. I love how a song can bring you to those thin places in the spirit where God's presence is suddenly tangible and His breath opens up your heart.
The Lord is teaching me to live in fellowship and communion with Him amidst the noisiness of my regular day also, to not separate the sacred from the ordinary. To learn worship in this aspect of my life is wonderful because it is a much larger part of my schedule.
There are times I have enjoyed corporate worship. For me it has more to do with the corporate response of the people in genuine worship than it has to do with the quality of the musical performance of the worship team.
I'm burned out on watching the performance of a band rather than being led by a person or group of people who are truly worshipping.
Don't even get me started on auditions for worship team and the idea of excellence in music. I don't think the focus in worship should be on the quality of our performance, and I don't think that excellence is what the Lord is wanting from us.
I'm also burned out on worship leaders shaming the congregation into participation. Why can't they understand that this will shut down a true response of worship from the heart?
What should worship be in church? I would rather see a short time spent truly worshipping our Lord than an hour spent singing songs. Could this happen? Some churches might not want to change if they are attached to their musical program.
If a worship leader were to lead in this manner, I think it would take time before the people following would switch over from the old way of doing things. However, given the freedom and example to truly worship, I think the people would eventually follow.
Anyway, these are just my thoughts and opinions thrown out there for discussion. Don't feel like you have to agree with them. And hopefully I haven't stepped on any toes.