Sunday, August 30, 2009

Why Worship?

Ok, so I've got my cynicism back in full force, and why not? It is Sunday after all! One thing that most of the churches I've ever been to does the same every Sunday is to play at least one worship song after the sermon.

Why do they do that? Is there some theological reasoning behind it?

Is it the only way we can leave church feeling good?

It wasn't an issue for me this week, but last week the Pastor preached a really interesting sermon, something I would have liked to ponder. But noooo, the only thing I had on my mind after leaving church was the inane words to Israel Houghton's Friend of God;

I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
He calls me friend

He calls me friend? All I could think of on the way home was - is that really Biblical? Does it say anywhere in the Bible that God wants to be our friend, or is that just some modern feel good wishy washy watered-down theology?

What was it that the Pastor spoke on? I just can't remember.


sewfunky said...

I think sometimes you have to try and focus on the sermon and the worship time as two separate entities.

I agree with you about that song - I actually don't always feel that God could or would call me a friend. Is it biblical, I don't know?!

The pastor had some really interesting things to say. He talked about how here in NZ we have so much going for us (perfect weather/surroundings) and yet we have a high teenage suicide rate and huge drug problems. Why is that?!

I think it's because we don't look to God when things are easy, we should, but we don't. We forever look at our own stuff as evident in a song like I am a friend of God. Instead of just being in reverence to a mighty awesome God!

Anyway, the service made me think and I was glad I went.

shallowfrozenwater said...

Jesus called his boys "friends" on occasion so i guess you could make an argument that God does call you friend and wants to be your friend. that's all i got though.

oh wait, thx for visiting my blog too and i completely agree about the value of many "secular" bands as opposed to most "christian" bands.