I’ve just got back from two of our 3 services today (we bought in hired help for the BCP 8am as I had to drop Ratryn at the coach station). Our more traditional service went well, as far as I can tell – I felt like we worshipped together and though numbers were low, it felt like family today.
The @eleven informal service though was a bit of a damp squib. Normally the place that is a busy and interactive today everything seemed to fall flat. The technology went wrong. Songs failed us (we are using video projected songs at the moment) and because we met in a different hall at the village community centre than normal alll the acoustics were echo-ey and noise control was a real issue.
Add to that the sudden temporary change in demographics – the Under 11s we normally have were mostly missing, my own littlewaxes are staying with Granny this morning, and there was an increase in babies and under 3’s. A huge delight – but it did mean the all age resources I’d prepared for our normal congregation were completely inappropriate.
Plus we had a good number of visitors – again a great delight but the knock on effect is often less volume in our sung worship than we might have expected for the number of folk gathered.
All in all – out @eleven worship was a disappointing experience for me as the leader today.
That said. Who am I to judge the quality of praise to our Lord & King? What is worship? Who am I seeking to please?
My hope is that flawed though what I prepared was, that people were moved on in their relationship with God even just a little – that some nugget of truth rests in the hearts of those who do not yet know God and that people felt at home and welcome.
We prepare what we prepare – sometimes Good, sometimes not so good in earthly terms. The rest is up to God.