. . . the planners of worship are not called to be prostitutes. They are, rather, priestly mediators who seek to know and love God, and to know and love their people (Smith 2008, 61-62).This means that instead of treating worship as a "thing" to be made attractive so that people would buy it thereby turning those who plan it into hustlers, those who have this responsibility are agents of reconciliation who perform religious rites. They are people who pursue the knowledge and love of God and those they serve. For me, this raises the question of focus. On whom do we focus in planning and participating in worship? If worship is not about God, why are we worshiping. If worship is not about God, could it be that we are worshiping ourselves?
What do you think? What do you practice in your youth group? When youth are preparing worship, who is foremost in their minds? Whom are they seeking to please?
Loving God, Loving Neighbor