First off, lets have a brief moment and remember when John Mayer made music like the afore mentioned song in the title…..Ok, now we can continue.
Lets face it, it happens…our services and our spiritual formation tend to drift self-centric. If we’re not careful our spiritual growth, and more commonly our church services can be about what appeals to me. Some of the most popular teachers on TV usually present messages about making your life “better.” Ironically, you don’t see that much in the teachings of Jesus. I digress….
I say this because yesterday we sang “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” Not a cool – re-written version (which I actually haven’t found yet due to the songs intrinsic make-up), or with a new chorus added or anything other additions. Just they Hymn…pretty straight forward. And at face-value, you’d look at the order of service and sing the sesame street song in your mind….”one of these things is not like the other one.” But on a deeper level, I think theres something healthy about singing a song that’s 400 + years old. At that moment, we are singing to our Savior the same way believers for hundreds of years have been singing to Him. There’s something very un-self-centric about that, and healthy in my mind. Sometimes it is good to do things that remind us not only is it not just about me….its not just about “my” church. We are joining the song of the church through the decades and centuries to give praise and gratitude to the One who has redeemed us. And its good to remember that this is bigger than what I like, or even what our churches do…its been happening for a couple thousand years, and we get to take part in that, which is pretty remarkable.
Keep pushing, keep changing, but also look for ways you can guide your people to a thought process deeper than just the “right now.”