So, I’ve just finished posting to Derek’s entry about worship, and I feel like I’m pretty much done saying what I wanted to say, and I also feel like I understand where other posters are coming from.
What I’m interested in is this: there is agreement from the “worshippers” and “non-worshippers” alike that worship is unsatisfactory as it is generally experienced. I am wondering what would be more satisfactory?
Basically, I understand that there is a critique which says “worship should be better, different, but still worship and still central to Christian life” (mine, Aric’s for example) and a critique which says “worship should be replaced, and/or should no longer be as central to Christian life” (what I take Nick, Derrick, others to be saying).
What I’m really honestly curious about is – what is the replacement? What do we do instead? How do we meet God outside of worship? How do you get new people to do whatever this is? How do you teach it, explain it, etc.?
Secondly, what about this new activity is special (if anything)? That is, why would someone prefer to encounter Christianity/Christ in this way? The claim that I make is that God is present in a special way in worship – either because God really is presend in a special way, or because we seek to experience God in a special way there, since there’s no way to tell the difference without a God-o-meter. I say this because 1) I’ve never met anyone who acts like they are always experiencing God in exactly the same way or to the same degree and 2) I experience God in different ways and in different degrees in different situations and finally 3) in the Bible God seems to be present in special ways in certain circumstances – places, events, experiences (the Temple, the burning bush, Jacob’s wrestler, prophetic visions, Mount Horeb and Sinai, etc.) Is this inappropriate? More generally bad?
So, anyway, that’s the question. What do we do instead? (What is better worship, or what is better than worship?)