“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” -Hebrews 10:24-25
I love speed. I love to drive fast. Most of my passengers like to use their imaginary “brake” when riding with me. I, on the other hand, will use the imaginary “gas pedal” whenever I am a passenger in someone else’s vehicle. I love to walk fast. Power walking is not only healthy, but good for the soul. I also love fast music tempos which invigorate and stir excitement. Sometimes when I have been halfway through a really good book, I would read the ending to make sure all would end well. I like to get from Point A to Point B rapidly. Sometimes my mind has already arrived at B before I have physically left A.
With today’s technology, we can now “speed” our way through many things: solutions, information, and programming. For instance, many of us like to fast forward through commercials during our favorite television show. But there is one occasion that we must not rush to get from beginning to end and that is our time for worship. Worship also has a journey from Point A (Prelude) to Point B (Postlude) and everything in between must not be missed as it connects the beginning to the end. While online worship is a good option for those who are unable to be present, physical presence in a place of worship cannot be beat.
There is no fast forwarding through any elements of the service. The sense of community is second to none when singing hymns or having our souls fed through the spoken word. The presence of the Holy Spirit is so full and alive in His Holy space. Maybe you are like me and prefer the fast lane, but when it comes to worship, put on the brakes, gather up the family, join your friends, make new acquaintances and drive (safely) to God’s House. Not only will your spirit be renewed, but your heart will fill up with joy…and fast!
Robert Fasol, Organist and Choirmaster