Is Your Worship Missing Something? Probablemente.

Embracing the gifts of the global church
Is Your Worship Missing Something? <i>Probablemente.</i>

Every year after the holidays, the “returns and exchanges” lines are epic. People stand in line to take back gifts that may be duplicates, don’t fit, or frankly they don’t like. I’ve also received gifts like those in the past, but I made a commitment a few years back never to return anything that someone gave me unless it didn’t fit. This discipline of acceptance has allowed me to broaden my preferences and learn to like new things.

I’ve learned that this discipline can affect other areas of my life as well. For example, most of us are guided by strong preferences when it comes to worship and liturgy. But when it comes to worship, we need to carefully consider how quickly we reject things outside of our preference in the following areas:

  • It’s not my size. We each have our own favorite songs, artists, and Pandora playlists. We are perfectly happy with the worship we have selected. Like a comfortable pair of jeans, we like the way they fit.
  • It’s not my favorite. We often don’t know how to appreciate or engage in other forms of worship that go beyond our preferences.
We are called to celebrate all of the God-given gifts that communities bring in worship.

What might be keeping you from receiving the gifts of worship from other Christians? What might church communities from different ethnic and cultural back-grounds have to teach you? What might God want to expose you to through worship with the global church?

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Sandra Maria Van Opstal

Sandra Maria Van Opstal is a TCW advisor. A pastor at Grace and Peace Community in Chicago, she is the author of The Next Worship and The Mission of Worship. A liturgist and activist, she frequently consults, speaks, and writes on topics of racial identity and global mission. You can connect with Sandra on Twitter at @sandravanopstal.

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Culture; Gifts; Jesus Christ; Relationships; Worship
Today's Christian Woman, February Week 1, 2015
Posted February 4, 2015

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