One of my morning devotions last week reminded me of irritants in worship I have experienced over the years. As a minister, sometimes it is a challenge to focus on worshipping God with the distractions of worship details like audio-visual problems, people placement, order, candle wicks, instruments being in or out of tune, speakers not hurrying to the microphone, children making noise… Wait, children making noise?
In the above-mentioned devotion, a young mother elaborated upon the hassles of bringing a toddler to worship and that she (the mother) couldn’t get anything “out” of worship. On the car-ride home she realized that maybe she needed to think more about what she was “bringing” to worship rather than what she could or could not “get out” of it, “The next generation to love our wonderful God.”
As my mind looks back over a typical Sunday morning worship gathering at First Christian, I see young children flowing to the front for children’s moments. I see and hear small babies. I see and hear children singing in choirs. I see children leaving for Worship and Wonder, I see older children serving as acolytes representing the most important element of the experience, God’s presence with us as we gather.
May we all reset our lenses to ponder what we bring to worship rather than what we “get out” of it. Are we bringing our children? Are we bringing hearts and minds prepared to hear God? Would we know it if God spoke to us? He has promised He will if we listen, submit, and come to Him like children.
Keep the children coming! Bill