First off, it seems that July 9 was a banner day for godsnowhere – over 70 people checked out this humble little blog. The lesson, as always…nothing boost web traffic like cute pictures of kids.
Now, on to the topic at hand. Tonight was our church’s first attempt at doing a “different” kind of worship. Instead of assigning labels to what kind of worship this was (emergent, contemporary, casual, blended, bleh), I’ll just describe what happened…
About 30+ people gathered in our fellowship hall. They sat at round tables – 8 people / table. Ages ranged from >1 year – 70ish…though most of the people present were 40 or older. We sang a bunch of songs. People discussed a few topics at their table. The Gospel was proclaimed. We did communion with everyone standing in a circle. We planted seeds to remind ourselves of the Parable of the Sower…and to symbolize those who have planted seeds of faith in us.
All in all, I thought it was really well done. It was especially great to see lay people (youth and adults) empowered with leading aspects of worship. It was a good start – something to build upon in future weeks.
The only complaint I had was with the people who have complained in the past about not having “new” or “contemporary” worship options. NONE of these people came to this worship service. I had hoped that those who were so critical of our boring / traditional worship would want to support something new and different. Clearly, I over-estimated these people. Their loss.
Our next At The Table worship experience is July 30. We’ll see what happens. In the meantime, I’ll be cautiously rejoicing in this little endeavor.