What are you doing here?
The altarpiece on Sunday will raise a few eyebrows; it's a mess! Broken jars, tipped candle holders, spilled seeds, unpotted plant, and an old rug tossed across the table. No, the California earthquake of last week did not do this. This must be what it looks like when God roars by in a wind that breaks rocks, an earthquake that shakes teeth and a fire that scours mountains. Out of this chaos in I Kings 19:1-18 God comes to Elijah in a still, small voice asking "What are you doing here?"
How's that for a question to linger with for a while: what are you doing here...now? How do you hear that question? Has God taken a moment during this summer's chaos to ask you "__________, what are you doing here?" Is your answer a throw-away rejoinder or a reflective pause? Do you know "why" you are where you are (here)?
Worship at its essence reminds us of who we are, who God is, and why we are here.