1 Corinthians 14:26
Good Order in Worship
26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.
Recently we hosted a night of worship and prayer at Christ Lutheran Church in Whitefish, MT. The idea of this service is to provide a space to make 1st Corinthians 14:26 come alive. We did not set a time limit, we did not have a setlist of songs that we were going to sing, we did not plan a sermon, or even take an offering. The plan was to meet as the bride of Christ, the family of God and share life together as we worshiped God.
What happened? We opened with prayer and a few worship songs, then we left the microphone at the front on and ready for anyone to approach the front and share. It was not our responsibility to put on a “Show” or “Performance” … it was the Holy Spirit’s job to spur on conversation, prayer, and repentance. And that is exactly what happened. There was a time where one of the leaders, prompted by the Holy Spirit, asked the group to split up into groups of 4 or 5 to share a story about what God was recently doing in their lives. This led to amazing conversations and repentance.
Two people approached the front and told their stories, encouraging those that where there with stories of forgiveness and rescue. One person got up and read a scripture. In-between, we sang songs to the Lord and were filled with the presence of Lord. There were no crazy outbursts or grand standing, only moments where the Holy Spirit was free to bring peace, correction, and reconciliation.
It’s amazing to see what happens when we give up our control and expectations and do what the bible asked us to do when we gather.
You are invited to the next one… the first Saturday of every month at 6pm, we will meet for worship and prayer at CLC. Put it on your calendar and begin to pray for the release of the Spirit of God in the lives of those that attend and in your heart.