Weddings and Worship

My wife and I were honored recently to attend the rehearsal dinner and wedding of the son of dear friends.  Observations…

a.  There was a big crowd there and it was awesome!  Friends and family drove in and flew in from all over the country to celebrate the momentous occasion with this young couple.  It was the result of  … relationships.   Worship is the same.  Worship is the natural outflow of our relationship with Christ and with one another.  Christians should be looking for more ways and times to celebrate together … not just on Sunday mornings.

b.  There was music and dancing and it was awesome!  People let down their guards and had a good time.  There was laughter, dancing, conversation, and joy.  Worship should be like that.  Christians celebrate an awesome Christ who has redeemed us with awesome grace and delivered us from darkness to light.  Music and dancing is appropriate (OK, if dancing in church is too much for you then at least some smiles, handshakes, and hugs).  Worship should be characterized by joy, happiness, gladness, and encouragement.

c.  Nobody wanted to leave and that was awesome!  I sat at a table with other middle-aged high school friends and/or church friends and no one was in a hurry to get home.  Everyone had to go to work the next morning (Monday) … but we didn’t want the party to end.  That’s the way worship and Christian events should be.  I know Christians who are the last to arrive and the first to leave – they’re really giving me a complex! Beginning to think they don’t want to be around me!  People are not projects and Christianity is not just an item on your agenda that you hurriedly check off and move on to the next thing.  It is a life, a lifestyle.  It is people … and Jesus … and fellowship … and time.

Leave it to religion to minimize the “party” element of Christianity that Jesus so longs for us to enjoy.

Grateful for the moments of celebration God has given us.  Moments like weddings and worship, sunsets and solitude, music and merriment, leisure and lounging, food and festivities.  Let’s make the most of them.

Let’s have a big crowd.

Let’s dance.

Let’s not be in such a hurry to leave.

 

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~ by jackpickel on September 25, 2015.

2 Responses to “Weddings and Worship”

  1. Spot on Brother. Worship is a celebration. Great piece.

  2. I totally agree with your blog!!!

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