From a comment by "anonymous" on a blog post about worship wars :
"I lead worship in a church of about 800. For years we had two identical ‘blended’ style worship services on Sundays, which occasionally drew fire from those who prefer things to stay very traditional. ...... The comments and criticism got quite personal, so steps were taken to have open conversation between the staff involved (including me) and the people generating the criticism. Our senior pastor and a gentleman serving as a mediator have done a phenomenal job of leading through those conversations. Most people acknowledge that they have opinions and strong preferences, but a few use scripture, etc to make a case for contemporary worship being wrong and sinful , which is very sad to me. Again, our pastor very firmly but gently has let these individuals know that he disagrees with their interpretation of scripture, and then the choice falls to these people as to whether they can, in good conscience, stay at a church where the lead pastor fundamentally disagrees with their theology on this issue. We haven’t had anyone leave over this, largely because our pastor manages to say all of this and still love the people! I’ve learned a lot from these interactions. But I continue to struggle every week with the planning of the blended services, as I know that there are people attending who cannot stop ‘counting’ and keeping track of how many songs fall in which category . I am encouraged by staff and other leaders to not allow the interactions we’ve had to affect how I work, but it bothers me deeply to know that there are people who basically have no chance of actually worshiping, as they walk into the room expecting to be frustrated. "
Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love You, and worthily magnify Your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Do I come to each church service "already worshiping" ?
"We will fail miserably if we wait until a church service to focus on God. Our praise to God should be continual (Heb 13:15). The psalmist proclaims, 'I will extol the Lord at all times' (Ps 34:1). Corporate worship should be the gathering of believers who are already involved in the practice of praise." -- Vernon M. Whaley, "The Dynamics of Corporate Worship" (2001), p. 22
Do I come to each church service expecting to be transformed and be a transformer ?
"Often, Christians say things such as 'Sunday worship helps me get through the week' or 'Sundays are where I get my batteries recharged.' While worship does benefit the believer, those who make such statements have missed half the point of worship. It is intended to transform both the Christian and the world." -- J. Michael Walters, "Can't Wait For Sunday" (2006), p. 199