I’m counting down the days until STORY in Chicago next week. It’s going to be an inspiring two days. I’m also getting excited about a post-STORY Visual Worship Roundtable (VWRT) in Chicago.
VWRT is a space for intentional conversation and a time to build relationships among the visual worship tribe. If you believe that visual media can be an integral part of corporate worship gatherings then you are part of that tribe. And we would love for you to join us in this dialogue.
A few details:
When: Friday evening September 24th and Saturday September 25th from 9am until around 3pm (Friday night we would love to grab dinner someplace and hang with everyone. Saturday we’ll dive head first into the visual worship conversation)
Where: TBA (follow @vwrt on twitter for the latest)
Cost: Free (No cost for this VWRT, but we would love to know if you are planning to join us. You can register here.)
If you are attending STORY and sticking around Friday night or if you live in the Chicago area, we hope to see you there!
“I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” – Amos 5:21-24
To be honest, before now I haven’t spent a whole lot of time in the book of Amos. When I asked my pastor for his commentary on the book, he gave me a really odd look and just kind of laughed before pointing to the book on the shelf.
But, that scripture has been heavy on my heart since someone shared it with me last Thursday. I’ve read it over and over. Read commentaries on it, cross referenced it, all sorts of stuff. Spending my days planning “religious feasts” this scripture struck a cord with me and I can’t help but wonder if what I’m doing is beneficial or if God sits up in heaven laughing because it’s so absurd.
Then I stop myself.
It’s not worship that God “cannot stand.” It’s worship without heart, faith without action.
And I start to think I’m okay.
Then I stop myself again, wake myself up, and remind myself to be on guard against such worship and faith everyday, because I’ve been guilty of it, and am just as capable of it as the next person.
How can we prevent worship that God “cannot stand” from becoming the norm in our churches?