In many smaller churches little, if any, planning goes into the weekly worship service. The person in charge of typing the bulletin usually receives the sermon title and scripture from the Pastor, the hymns and special music from the organist or choir director, and fills in the rest of the stuff on their own. This can result in unrelated items of worship being thrown together that can present an incoherant and possibly confusing spiritual message to the gathered worshipers. While worship is not about us, but rather about God - our desire in corporate worship is, as much as possible, to bring everyone through the same spiritual phrase or journey. During the worship service God has set time aside to meet with his bride, the church. Everyone in attendance is coming from a wide variety of life experiences and levels of personal devotions. Yet, each member has expectations about the impact that the weekly worship service will have on them.
At Madison Campus for the last five years we have had a Worship Committee that works in conjunction with our Pastoral Staff to plan our worship services. This committee is comprised of representatives from a cross section of our church. We meet on a nearly weekly basis. Once we know the subject matter that the Pastor is going to cover in his sermon, we are able to begin finding ways to bring out that message in different ways. We all know that there are different learning styles, and that sometimes hearing or seeing a message in another way can open our hearts and minds anew to what the Spirit desires to impress on us.
Our church family here at Madison Campus has a very special mix of ages, personalities, family groups and ethnic backgrounds. With such a rich heritage of widely diverse backgrounds available, we attempt to keep everyone involved in our worship services. We want our church family to recognize what a fantastic and diverse church family we are privilaged to be a part of. Our wish is for everyone in our church family to feel important, needed and valued.
Probably the hardest thing we have to do is keeping track of all the varied talents and needs of this fantastic group of people. Each week as we look for ways to fill each spot in the service we streach our minds looking for the perfect person, or people, to take part in that specific service. While it can be challenging learning all the hidden talents of our ever expanding family, it is nearly impossible to know who would like to participate in some way. Do you have a hidden talent, or know of someone's secret strengths? If so, simply contact the church office and let us know. In that way, you will be doing your part to assist the worship committee as we plan for the next special worship services. Thank you in advance for all of your help.