see previous posts in this series...
future directions in worship
is god vaguely bored by our worship? and no it wasn't me asking
more worship musings - what are we afraid of?
on the worship symposium discussion day following our presentations there was lots of q and a and small group discussion which threw up a whole host of issues and questions. i didn't jot those down though. but at the end of the day the four of us on the panel were invited to present concluding thoughts in relation to the future of worship. here's what i jotted down...
- make no assumptions
- we need to ask ourselves where god is at work?
- boredom still needs addressing
- no room for complacency
- embrace the tensions
- close the gap between saturday night and sunday morning
- need to get beyond a dominant consumerism
- worship that shapes us for mission, to offer the rest of our lives as worship
- much of our worship is non-inclusive - recover hospitality
- make space for innovators (remember people who made room for me) - encourage, mentor, befriend
- recover the use of psalms in daily lives
- constant reality checks - ask what has service got to do with real lives of people here and the real world?
- eschatology shaping us - god's future for the world and our hope in that
- grow worship in the soil of your local culture - contextual rather than off the shelf
- diverse - we only know who jesus is as we see christ's many faces round the world, and expressions and theological takes, so diversity rather than sameness opens up for us who god is. so the future is local and global.
- in anglican speak this is a vision of a mixed economy
- i rehearsed the passage jesus tells about new wine and old wine to suggest that we need both old and new but that if we want new in the future we need to create space for pioneers now. that new will also be uncomfortable because it won't just be about stylistic change but will include a deeper questioning and re-theologising.
- worship leading will not be about provider/client leading but about the creation of environments of participation, and nurturing connection with the whole of life (i.e. breaking dualism).