Until I moved away from home, I knew only one church and only one style of worship. I naturally just assumed that all congregations worshiped like mine.
In reality, each congregation has its own particular ways of worship. Some congregations stick to traditional liturgies and music and have a comfortable familiarity that gives steady assurance through the trials of life. Other congregations explore alternative liturgies and music that allow the worship experience to bend and sway with the changing rhythms of life. Many congregations embrace both worship styles.
Often, we stumble over these differences in style. Traditionalists grumble that non-traditionalists are yielding to popular culture. Non-traditionalists complain that traditionalists are living in the past. We easily fall into the snare of trying to justify our way as the only way, when worship cannot be limited to a single style, nor even to a single place or time.
Worship is, in its purest form, the joyful outpouring of praise to God in every aspect of our lives—from our different worship styles on Sunday mornings to how we live our lives throughout the week. In everything we do, in many and various ways, may we always give glory to the Lord.
Prayer: Gracious Father, when we are tempted to let our differences divide us, fill us with your Holy Spirit that we may be united by our common faith and worship you with joyful hearts in all that we do, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Paulette McHugh,
Vicar at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, SC.