Stop the Music!
By Tori Allen
Much of the attraction to worship comes from the atmosphere formed by worship bands, sound systems, and spectacular light displays. But sometimes we get so caught up in the music and the visual appeal that we forget the purpose of our actions—to give God glory and praise! But how do we worship without music?
Jeff Hayes, director of online church ministry programs and assistant professor of church ministry at Warner University in Lake Whales, Florida, will be leading “Stop the Music! Start the Worship,” an event designed to address this question. The conference draws its inspiration from Matt Redman’s song “The Heart of Worship,” written during a time when the singer’s church had removed worship elements that drew worshipers closer to the music but away from God. The pastor encouraged his congregation to explore the meaning of worship and to develop a connection to the Lord without the music. During this time, Hayes explains, “the music ‘stopped’ and the worship eventually started.”
With a purpose of understanding the meaning of worship, “Stop the Music! Start the Worship” will to explore methods, experiences, and powerful ways to worship that do not include song, using hands-on techniques. The workshop will be interactive, and Hayes explains, “Participants will want to come ready to share, question, and experiment.” After a short presentation, attendees will work together to create examples of worship without music.
If you’re looking for a meaningful worship experience and a chance to explore various methods of music-free worship, then come to the Fine Arts Building, Room 102, this Tuesday, June 26, 3:00 to 4:30 PM. All are welcome to attend.