We had a visiting worship band and visiting preacher at All Saints' on Sunday evening and it made me think about the importance of the pastoral and community element of worship. I didn't feel that I was part of the gathered community on Sunday evening. It wasn't that the band or the speaker were bad - not at all - but, for me it didn't quite hang together. I find it hard to express what I mean by all this so I hope you'll bear with me.
The peopel who were in church were a disparate group from lots of different churches. The band was from another church community and the preacher was from yet a different community. Now, of course, we are all part of the Christian community and so I shouldn't have found any issue with all this but I didn't feel that the people there were a community. Was it that there wasn't a clear leader to hold it altogether? Was it because the hosting community wasn't sufficiently cohesive? Was it just me being tired after a very hectic day of sport with the youth club the day before? I don't know.
What I do know is this. Worship is not just about good music, good preaching and the good book. There is a need for it to be ac ommunity gathered and for that gathered community to have a relationship not only with God but with each other.