My Pet Peeve


My pet peeve is that we’ve got too many folks in our pews watching other folks doing something. Take the “solo” for instance. One person sings while we all sit back and enjoy.  Its like we can’t have church unless someone sings a solo. Solos can be great (I hope so, because I’ve sang quite a few, and am singing again this Sunday). But sometimes I wish we didn’t feel like we had to have a “solo” or a “special” every week.

I have always disliked the term “special music” and will almost never use it. Its not that I don’t like things that are special, its that the term has become synonymous for a vocal solo, or duet or trio. Why is it special because its done by a soloist or ensemble?  Why is that any more “special” than any other act of worship? Why is a solo more special than all of God’s people singing His praise?

Worship is a verb. Read Psalms and tell me its not. We’re commanded to sing, to clap, to shout, to meditate, to bow, to stand, to gather, and many other acts of worship which include being still and silent. Any act of worship is what it is, and is not any more “special” than anything else. Maybe there is no end to the list of things we can do as an act of worship in response to God.

I encourage every Christian to worship to the best of their ability, and then some, when we gather to worship. And when we’re led to do something, as soon as we decide to do or not do, we’re worshiping on our terms, not God’s. What does He deserve? He deserves a whole lot more than we can give.

Worship is a verb. Let’s do it and not just talk about it.



2 thoughts on “My Pet Peeve

  1. Helen

    That’s why I’m more comfortable in more liturgical churches. When I was in a more evangelical church, there was a much greater sense of being in an audience, watching “the band” doing their “special music.” And of course there was the unholy bummer of the lyrics being projected onto a screen that had descended from the ceiling, obliterating the cross, and people lolling around drinking beverages like they were at a baseball game instead of in a house of worship. In a liturgical church, other than during the (rather short) sermon, there is no time when the congregation is just sitting there watching. We are constantly singing and praying back and forth with the priest and chanter. Kneeling, standing, bowing, crossing, up down up down. You can’t be disengaged and just watching someone else doing it while you sit back and suck on your bottled water. (You’d think we lived in the desert and that everyone had walked 10 miles to get there, the way they all needed to drink throughout church. Come on!)
    It all would have felt fine if that had been considered “religious education” — but that was the worship service. And there just wasn’t anything worshipful about it at all.

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