So I’ve been wondering about music, and it’s role in feeling God’s presence in a service. I, of course, consistently wonder about the role of the current western church. We are constantly striving to have “great services” on a weekly basis, but we obviously miss the “changing lives” aspect so much of the time. That will have to be another post all together. What I’m wondering is, how far should we strive to go with a 30-40 minute “worship” set on Sunday morning? Worship has been growing in intensity in our church lately, and it’s brought out these questions in me. I intend to continue down this same path while asking God for instruction in these areas. Is it ok to just look for an AMAZING experience with God in a single service, or is the “in a service” grid all we have to work from? I think we’re so used to “the guys up front” doing all the ministry, we don’t think about coming to the service to minister. I guess I’m wondering where we’re supposed to end up if we make our main focus more, more, more, even though I also know I want more, more, more! I agree with Graham Cooke in saying that our western church has excelled in teaching how to become HEARERS of the word without being DOERS. So, do our services entice people to want more of His presence, or do they satisfy them until next week? I think that’s the real question. My desire and aim is that services would continue to grow in intensity seeing more of His glory with new glimpses into the kingdom, and that God would rip us away of our training to go away and do nothing. I believe we will never see this nation change if we continue to sit in chairs and be satisfied with “great meetings”(or sit in meetings and do nothing more than critique:). My prayer is that we’ll stir people into a new desire to find His presence in every aspect of their lives, and in the mean time find more of His presence in our meetings together!