one key to worship

I figured something out about worship.  Since it is a rarity to catch a glimpse of how the mystery of worship really works, I hope I can put it into words.

Often on Sunday mornings, after we check our kids in at the rolling computer and they are signed in to their respective rooms, we head to the sanctuary for the worship music.  Often I am trying to leave the frazzled and extremely recent morning events behind as well as trying to get musical technicalities out of the forefront of my mind (whether I’m playing or not) in order to mean the words I am singing.  “Worship…. worship!”  Trying to ignore these distractions can be like  saying… “Don’t think about purple giraffes!”  Now you can’t help but imagine a purple giraffe.  The sequence of events on most people’s Sunday mornings don’t lead to a heart that is prepared for worship, no matter how hard we try in a specific moment.

Twice lately we’ve had the opportunity to worship with a body of believers who dismiss the kids after worship.  I absolutely love it.  With my daughter singing at the top of her lungs, and my son in my arms and playing with my pony tail, tears well up at the sound of our family together, worshiping God.  Although my kids don’t have anything directly to do with the words on the screen, from this mother’s heart, they are the most tangible and overwhelming sign of God’s grace for me.  I am so humbled to be their mom that I don’t have to work at humbling my heart; my overwhelming love for them is so evident in this environment that it is easy for me to understand how God might feel about me.  When my kids are with me, I don’t really care what else is going on, I just want to sing to and about God!  I also love hearing my kids sing the songs throughout the rest of the day.

Maybe we weren’t all meant to go our different directions during the worship set.  There is a need for individual time with God, but perhaps there should be a routine corporate time for the families He saw fit to put us in.

0 thoughts on “one key to worship

  1. Michael Lee

    We’ve been worshiping at PazNaz recently, and we love a lot of things about the church, but this is one part we miss. The kids spend all morning in a separate room from us.

    I think it’s good for children to sit with us, and watch us worship. They’re learning what it means to be part of a church, and that’s worth a little distraction.

  2. Michael Lee

    We’ve been worshiping at PazNaz recently, and we love a lot of things about the church, but this is one part we miss. The kids spend all morning in a separate room from us.

    I think it’s good for children to sit with us, and watch us worship. They’re learning what it means to be part of a church, and that’s worth a little distraction.

  3. Heather-Lynn O'Mara

    I don’t yet have the privilege of being a mom, but I can really relate to the struggle of settling in and trying to “worship on command.” I love the idea of having kids in the main gathering for the music. It’s great training ground. At my church there’s a family with a little boy (about 3) that often sits in the front row. The little guy loves to stand on a chair and pretend like he’s drumming along with the drummer. It always melts my heart to watch that little guy worship with all his heart. I could learn a lot from a kid like that. Couldn’t we all?

  4. Heather-Lynn O'Mara

    I don’t yet have the privilege of being a mom, but I can really relate to the struggle of settling in and trying to “worship on command.” I love the idea of having kids in the main gathering for the music. It’s great training ground. At my church there’s a family with a little boy (about 3) that often sits in the front row. The little guy loves to stand on a chair and pretend like he’s drumming along with the drummer. It always melts my heart to watch that little guy worship with all his heart. I could learn a lot from a kid like that. Couldn’t we all?

  5. Heather-Lynn O'Mara

    cont. from above***** The little guy loves to stand on a chair and pretend like he’s drumming along with the drummer. It always melts my heart to watch that little guy worship with all his heart. I could learn a lot from a kid like that. Couldn’t we all?

  6. Heather-Lynn O'Mara

    cont. from above***** The little guy loves to stand on a chair and pretend like he’s drumming along with the drummer. It always melts my heart to watch that little guy worship with all his heart. I could learn a lot from a kid like that. Couldn’t we all?

  7. Jeff Schultz

    I see your point, but kids in church only distract me, plus the teaching isn’t geared to little minds.

    We go to Faith Community in West Covina. I don’t think it is as big as Pasnaz, but pretty darn big. They do an amazing job bringing kids to worship. From pre-k up through high school they have awesome worship leaders right there in their classes. Our daughter will bust out in a worship song…”where did you learn that?” “church…” LOVE IT!

  8. Jeff Schultz

    I see your point, but kids in church only distract me, plus the teaching isn’t geared to little minds.

    We go to Faith Community in West Covina. I don’t think it is as big as Pasnaz, but pretty darn big. They do an amazing job bringing kids to worship. From pre-k up through high school they have awesome worship leaders right there in their classes. Our daughter will bust out in a worship song…”where did you learn that?” “church…” LOVE IT!

  9. Sharolyn Borris

    (Ignoring, smiling, and eye rolling at Mike)

    HL – I concur! There are two kids I know who have the uncanny ability to worship, “better” (if there is such a thing) than adults. Closing their eyes, raising their hands… and it is the real deal. ‘Melts my heart as well!

  10. Sharolyn Borris

    (Ignoring, smiling, and eye rolling at Mike)

    HL – I concur! There are two kids I know who have the uncanny ability to worship, “better” (if there is such a thing) than adults. Closing their eyes, raising their hands… and it is the real deal. ‘Melts my heart as well!

  11. Rebecca Brannon Genzink

    Yesterday we dedicated Leah, so we had the whole family in with us during the music time. I loved it. I really enjoy when kids are included in parts of “big church”…it doesn’t work for us to keep Hannah in with us usually because we are there for multiple services and it would be difficult to check her in and out of her class. But I sure enjoy the opportunity when it comes!

  12. Rebecca Brannon Genzink

    Yesterday we dedicated Leah, so we had the whole family in with us during the music time. I loved it. I really enjoy when kids are included in parts of “big church”…it doesn’t work for us to keep Hannah in with us usually because we are there for multiple services and it would be difficult to check her in and out of her class. But I sure enjoy the opportunity when it comes!