Weird Worship

Peter has tagged me with a meme started by David Ker and challenged me to mention examples of weird worship either from the Bible or from personal experience.

Well, I’ve always been amused by the ideas of wave offerings from the Scriptures:

From the basket of bread made without yeast, which is before the LORD, take a loaf, and a cake made with oil, and a wafer. Put all these in the hands of Aaron and his sons and wave them before the LORD as a wave offering (Exodus 29:23,24)

I’ve been tempted to wave a five pound note over the offering plate in church, but I suspect that it wouldn’t go down too well.

I’ve already written about worship songs a few times (and one of these posts remains the most visited posts on the blog). For my own part, my oddest worship experience was in a cinema in Manila watching a church service on the screen, while a live band played and the congregation all had coffees from Starbucks (large hazelnut latte with an extra shot for me, please).

I guess that in Africa I saw some things which some might see as wierd, but they seemed to fit in that context. And to me, this is the problem with the meme. One man’s weird worship is another man’s cultural expression of the Gospel and I’ve just spent ages writing about that, so I’m going to stop here and not pass the meme on.

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2 replies on “Weird Worship”

One man’s weird worship is another man’s cultural expression of the Gospel

Indeed, and one woman’s and another woman’s. That was really my point when I avoided calling any modern songs weird, and looked only at psalms which we might consider weird but which, I would expect evangelicals to agree, were not weird in their original cultural context.

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