Summary of May and June 2012 Worship Study
This article is about how mission can be part of the voices in our worship. Missionaries and those involved in mission can add context and content to our message of worship.
Linking this to the contextual message of the earlier discussion on community work, there needs to be a combined effort for mission, community work to be part of the content of our worship. let’s allow for more collaboration within our various ministries so that our worship can be enriched.
This is a response to John Witvliet’s Afterword in Christian Worship Worldwide: Expanding Horizons, Deepening Practices.
1. The first point is that when deciding what is essential and non-essential in our worship practice, we might cause the transcultural elements override the contextual elements of our worship.
2. In the enthusiasm to learn from other cultures and making our worship more global, we might fail to connect with out own community. Thus the key to teach contexts and background before applying the foreign practices is very important. Direct application: When we tried to do the responsorial psalm singing of Ps 113 and 114, it was perhaps better that we teach the meaning of its practice first.
Celeste shared on the work of spiritual gifts in our worship. When we change worship content, it is not just the style. Instead, we begin with our theological reflection. God is bigger than our consumeristic mind. our worship remains Christocentric, and our gifts is for witnessing. Our liturgy therefore must manifest this message. That the church is the creation of the Holy Spirit, and that it is a continuation of Christ’s victory. Ultimately, what draws more people to our service should be the people of God that reflects this belief.
WanLeng shared on this new phenonmenon with us. And a list of new immigrants churches is given. We took some time to reflect on the Singapore situation of new migrants and the various churches’ response.