break my heart for what breaks yours

confession – i live for sunday mornings. i can’t wait for them. i love hearing how a person walked out of a worship service different than they came in—with a new thought, a new direction, or a new perspective. i love the music, the stories, conversations, the moments that happen during a service that our team plans for. i love even more the moments that we don’t plan for. i stay awake at night thinking about these moments. i spend my days digging up the right songs placed in the most powerful settings to rip people from their expectations of what they came to do that morning. i repeatedly think that churches and church-folk could never overestimate the importance of sunday morning.

and then anne reminded me of this scripture, from the book of amos in the old testament (God speaking to people a long long time ago).

“I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them.”

gulp. understand this, the old testament folks knew how to gather and worship, they wrote the book on it (that really wasn’t supposed to sound as hokey as it came out). and yet God called them out on it b/c they were missing something. so amos is another reminder for me that our modern-day church services can become “choice fellowship offerings” — full of incredible music, awesome media, ridonkulous teaching, lots of people, great moments — and yet they can risk missing a bigger sense of worship. what this means is that worship goes beyond sunday mornings. our weekly church gatherings are still a severely important part of worship, but God does not take ceremonial worship lightly. when the following is absent from our lives, then sunday risks being routine and meaningless:

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (micah 6:8 )

Isaiah says it like this:

“learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” (1:17)

it’s not an either/or. it’s a both/and. the prophets called out the people of Israel on it. Jesus called out the pharisees for it. a couple worship songs have been written about it (speaking of, if we had to come back to the heart of worship as frequently as we sang that song circa 2002, we might not have understood either worship or that song). jon sings about it too. i confess that i need to be called out on it at times by worshipping worship. this line from a song flew over me the first time we sang it. but then last weekend it stopped me: “break my heart for what break yours.”

as a worship leader, i want people to engage with the heart of God during our services. i think that’s our goal and i believe it’s possible. but that’s a collision whose impact should extend beyond the limits of a church service. “break my heart for what breaks yours.”

what about you? what is sunday morning for?


~ by bradherndon on April 11, 2008.

One Response to “break my heart for what breaks yours”

  1. I couldn’t agree more about the effectiveness of a worship service being based largely on how close people are with the Lord before the step foot on campus; HOWEVER, the preparation, planning and execution is needed in order for God to touch those that are either ready before they come or open to Him during the service.

    I believe a Worship service can be a catalyst to a renewed closeness to the Lord and your passion for this result is what will continue to allow God’s favor to be expressed through you at FBC. I for one thank you for keeping that fervor up and allowing that passion to continue to be driven by your relationship with Him.

    You’re one of my favorite people to be around!!!

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