Thoughts on Multi-Generational worship (part 1)
As I considered topics to blog about for this new endeavor, I thought I would begin with some of my foundational thoughts on multi-generational worship.
Multi-generational worship is much more than a buzzword to me….it’s foundational to my beliefs about how we should “do church.” A colleague recently mentioned how the age demographics of the orchestra at his church almost exactly mirror the demographics of the church where he serves. What a great picture of how things can be and something all music ministries should aspire to! Psalm 145:4 says that one generation will tell the awesome works of God to another – this implies the generations will meet together for encouragement and instruction with the older, more mature Christians sing their experience to guide and encourage younger generations, and younger Christians lend their enthusiasm and newly discovered passion for Christ to the equation.
I was recently reminded that worship is so much more than different musical styles, textures, instrumentation, voices, rooms, or stage designs…God is much more interested in our obedience to His calling than our preferences and comfort zones. Worship is our grateful response to the love that Christ demonstrated for us on the cross, and our Sunday morning gatherings are our time to express this and celebrate together in one voice….choir practice for heaven!
I have much more to say on this topic, but that will have to wait till next time – gotta go change a diaper!
Soli Deo Gloria!