Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Worship - Part 3

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. - Psalm 250:6Scripture Reference: Psalm 150

A skit that demonstrates that we should worship as worship.

Pam – Worship Leader
Jeff – Person who doesn’t know how to worship

Musical instruments – preferably toy instruments (in case we run short, I have chopsticks that can be used as drumsticks) --
Note: Jeff should get the kazoo, since it has his germs on it. J

(After the hymn, Pam reads Psalm 150 and passes out instruments for the final praise song saying...)

Pam: This Psalm talks about praising God with instruments, so we are going to the same tonight.

Jeff: (looks at kazoo in a disgusted manner) You’ve got to be kidding!

Pam: What’s wrong? Don’t tell me you think THIS is girly.

Jeff: No, but the Psalm didn’t say anything about kazoos or maracas or even drums.

Pam: It mentions tambourines.

Jeff: Yeah, but not all of this other stuff.

Pam: The names of the instruments don’t matter. These were the instruments they had, and the psalmist is saying to celebrate God with everything you can. He is saying that we should praise God whether it is a trumpet or a kazoo.

Jeff: A kazoo. (plays it) This is kind of a rinky-dink instrument.

Pam: But if that is all you have use it. If you only have your voice, use it. We are suppose to consecrate everything to the worship of God. It’s not the instrument that matters; it’s what’s in your heart that matters.

Jeff: But this is going to be loud. And more than loud, it is going to be a cacophony.

Pam: Bless you.

Jeff: I didn’t sneeze. All these instruments are going to be a cacophony – loud, confused, and usually unharmonious sound. Noise, racket, din, not music.

Pam: So you are saying that you think it will be too noisy?

Jeff: Yes!

Pam: Well, it might be. In fact, I know it will be. But that’s okay.

Jeff: But I don’t like loud, noisy praise.

Pam: That’s okay, too. It’s not always about you.

Jeff: What?!?

Pam: It’s not always about you. It’s not always about me. We worship God in different ways, because different people praise God in different ways. God has made each of us different. So if we do a song you don’t like, then maybe that song is for someone else. Or if we praise in a way you don’t like, then maybe that is helping someone else worship God in a way that is meaningful to them.

Jeff: Well, then I am going to just talk to Melissa until you praise in a way I like.

Pam: That’s not what I said. All of us in this room are leaders. Whether we are in class in Sunday morning or in big church, there are people looking to us to see what we do. If we just sit there or if we look bored or if we talk to our friends, then we are leading others to not praise. You may be putting up an obstacle for someone that prevents them from singing the song in the style that God has chosen for them.

Jeff: That’s a big responsibility!

Pam: Yes, it is.

Jeff: So I have to be a leader even when we are singing?

Pam: Yep.

Jeff: Even when we are singing a song I don’t like or I am tired of hearing?

Pam: Yep.

Jeff: (picks up kazoo, looks defeated) Okay, then let’s do it.

Pam: Who knows, if you give it a try, you might accidentally have some fun.

Jeff: We’ll see. (Jeff gradually starts having fun.)

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