Pella Chronicle


May 16, 2013

Gathering to worship

Pella —

This week I’d like to expand on my discussion of chapter 4 from the gospel of John, and for the next few installments of this column our subject will be worship.  It’s interesting how many different opinions there are out there about worship.  And most of us will be attending a “worship service” this Sunday, so it’s important for us to understand what it means to worship!
Perhaps it would be helpful for us to look at a conversation Jesus had with someone on this subject.  In John chapter 4, Jesus was talking to a woman who was confused about worship.  She was a Samaritan woman, and in her conversation with Jesus, she said:  “Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
It’s interesting to me that it was the woman who brought up the subject of worship.  In her conversation with Jesus, her lifestyle was revealed.  This was a woman who had experienced much pain and discouragement in her life, and in fact was coming to the well at a time when no one else would be there because she was ashamed of who she was and was afraid of the ridicule of others.  Yet, she was asking Jesus about worship.  To me, this shows she was a “seeker”!  She was desperately seeking a connection with God!  But she was missing that connection because she got hung up on how and where worship should take place….sound familiar?
How easily conflict arises out of disagreements over the style of worship and the type of music we use to express our worship to God.  You know, “We believe a worship service should be done this way, but they do it that way!” Or, “They sing those types of songs, but we believe only this kind of music should be sung in church!”  It’s interesting that folks will defend the traditions of singing only the great hymns of the Church, not realizing that those great hymns were blasted when they were introduced because many of them were written to popular bar tunes of the day!  Even the latest version of the King James Bible was considered heretical because it was a rewrite of an earlier version, but today many consider it the only translation to use because it’s a traditional version.  Folks, we need to understand that everything that is now traditional was once contemporary!  Did you get that?

Text Only
AP Video
Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide