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do you see ‘the raw’ side of worship?

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with permission from a friend of a friend on Facebook I am reposting this for your pondering. This friend of a friend, Brandon, puts together some excerpts from an article in Relevant (link below). 
disclaimer: I do not have in mind worship styles in this post – just the question that Brandon originally put before us on FB – ponder it before you turn to other thots.

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‘raw’

Can We “Make” Authentic Worship?

By Cole NeSmith

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. 

John 4:24 NIV

OUR GATHERINGS AS the Church tend toward formula. There are lots of reasons for it. It’s easier. It’s comfortable. It’s predictable. It fits inside of our “boxes.” It’s replicable. It allows us to attempt to recapture meaningful moments of the past.

But—like in all relationships—our encounters with God are meant to be progressive, not repetitive. Obviously, the solution to what seems to be our new habitual formula is not another formula. But we should be aware of how songs really do affect us emotionally and how we can engage with God in different ways through a range of dynamics. It might help to think through what we think of as a time of “worship.” Are there times of celebration with the Lord as well as times of rest?

The most important thing about worship is that it allows us to engage with God. It matters a lot less if everyone hits the right note, or if the band hits the right solo at exactly the right time or even if the particular song is the one you want to sing. What matters is if worship is providing you a space to connect with God—it’s not a formula or a series of easy answers.

What does worship look like to you, both in a group and as individuals? 

*worship to me is waking up in the morning and listening to authentic hip hop that praises God and moves me to krump. worship is a continual conversion, continual growth, living, and connecting with God on a daily basis. easier said than done of course.

….how bout you family?

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thanks Brandon

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