Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Adventurous Worship?

Do the words "adventure" and "worship" naturally fit together? Is worship and adventure for you, for the congregation, for the pastor? Do adventures involve God and the people of God? Or is worship sedate, comforting, soothing, and passive while adventure is out of doors, liberating and secular?
I never thought of adventurous worship till a friend told me of his longing for adventure in preaching and worship. Formulas are not adventurous. Safe is not adventurous. Tradition is not adventurous. Contemporary is not adventurous. Congregational satisfaction is not adventurous.
God is adventurous (see Abraham and Sarah, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Ruth, Esther, Jeremiah, etc). These lives are grabbed by God and impelled on an uncertain journey in unknown territory. Their dependance is whittled down to God alone and he suffices.
It could be that this recession will bring back adventure into the lives of us pastors, church leaders and congregations. Instead of managing properties and budgets, we will be hanging on to the reins of God's galloping horses.
My prayer for me and other pastors is that God would wake up the adventure of discipleship.


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