Andrew Hughes | Category: Worship; The Christian Life
Maybe you dread announcement time in your Sunday gathering. Maybe it feels like it messes up the flow or is too mundane to be included in corporate time of focusing on God. Granted, announcements can certainly distract or be used incorrectly. But maybe the issue isn’t so much with announcements themselves as much as the way we look at them? They certainly might be inherently mundane in nature at times, but I would submit that announcements ultimately remind us that the majority of life is lived in the mundane, very ordinary moments. And most importantly, God is there with us divinely orchestrating those ordinary moments. So, announcements remind us of God’s work in the ordinary, mundane, plain-bread areas of life. And since God is there with us in these things, they become something in and for which He can be worshiped.
A former pastor of mine, Adam, from Redeemer Community Church, first taught me this lesson. He said something one Sunday to the effect of (and I paraphrase), “Announcements are our declaration of God’s providential working in our midst.” That just stopped in my tracks. I had never thought of them that way. But it is so true. Why? Again, as stated above- because all of life is from God’s hand and thus sacred. Since the sacred has enveloped all things, we can now view all things as a opportunity to worship. By worship, I don’t mean you’ll be having epiphany moments and goose-bumps. In the ordinary moments of life, even our affections feel rather ordinary. Not every day is a Denny’s Grand Slam breakfast. Chances are that most days feel like a bowl of dry Cheerios for you. We worship God in the mundane by simple acknowledgment that we are the creature, He is the Creator, and that what we are experiencing is for our good and His glory. If that is your mindset, then you have made yourself small and God big. And if you have done that, you have worshiped God.
So, at your church this Sunday, when announcements come, don’t sigh and roll your eyes, but receive them as God’s evident (albeit, ordinary) hand of work in your life and the lives of those around you. God’s at work! He cares about the details! To Him be praise!
Hannah Hunter wrote a helpful post on this topic of worshiping God, in everyday life, last Fall. Check it out- http://www.3riversgrace.org/1/post/2013/09/worship-is-in-the-day-to-day.html
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