Last night we had our first FNC of the new school year. There was a pretty decent crowd. As always I am amazed at getting to watch students worship. Afterwards during the hang out time I had a chance to play a few hands of spades. I hadn’t played in such a long time, and as I was trying to figure out what my partner was going to play and think about how to set the guy going nill in front of me I remembered why I used to stay up all night playing that game. I can remember how Byron and I used to cheat more than we played it straight. It was a fun memory, and I sure didn’t want to stop.
Now, about our Friday Night Connections as a whole I think I am going to try to vary up the format a bit. Our station type of worship has become predictable. I need some fresh ideas for one thing. There are only so many things that can be done in stations. I really want to find a way to unleash the creativity of the students more. I have this vision of worship that is organic and unscripted, but I don’t know how to pass that vision on. I also don’t know how to release spontaneous worship in students who haven’t thought about God in weeks.
Over the past 3 years I have been through a transformation of thinking about worship. One of the major things that I learned is that corporate worship shouldn’t always be structured. It sometimes needs to allow people to worship in their own way. But I also feel like I have missed something. I feel like we have turned these creative worship ideas into just another gimmick to try and trick people into feeling like they are connecting with God.
Where do we go from here?