WRITTEN BY KEVIN BAKER, WORSHIP PASTOR. GRACE CHURCH – CHAPEL HILL, NC ON
If we look at Genesis we see how creative God really is…
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hoveringover the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good,and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
He separated the waters from the sky, created all kinds of animals, trees, plants..etc.
So you can see that God was creating a visual atmosphere. I’m sure when he did it he was probably like… MAN… I”M GOOD..THIS IS AWESOME!!
in verse 27 it says:
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
If we’re created in the image of God… then we too must have a level of creativity in us as well that can be used and should be used for His glory. This is our ticket to incorporate creativity into our worship services.
As a worship leader and team… it’s our job to help lead people into the presence of God. I tell the worship team we are to help facilitate the atmosphere of worship.
So the question is…“is technology hindering or helping people worship?”
My personal opinion is that we should use every method possible to help in our communication. Not because we are trying to be cool, but because we have the most important message in the world to share. The times change, cultures and generations are different, technology is such a huge part of this world we live in. We are sensory and emotional people… drawn to technology…so to incorporate technology into our worship services helps draw the new generations into church…. we may change the way we present the message … but the message itself never changes.
Think about sound amplification in churches. That is a technology that helps people hear and understand what is being said. Graphics have the same application. Many people in our congregations are visual learners instead of auditory. When they see words and images in addition to hearing them they will actually remember them much more clearly. They will see and understand what is being said. The right lighting can assist in the moment of the song…. the bible says to enter into his gates with praise and thanksgiving… to me that’s a pretty celebratory moment… when i think of celebration…i think of high energy, excitement. So since God created us with senses and emotions… high energy lighting and backgrounds create a visual atmosphere of celebration, praise and thanksgiving that our visual senses can connect with. We help facilitate what God wants to do through our worship services by infusing the elements of lighting with the movement of the spirit.
When the lighting is subtle and warm, it creates a more personal feel… again allowing an intimate setting to be in place to help facilitate a more “worshipful” moment with the movement of the holy spirit. We use the technology to help our senses and emotions that God has put in us… to become maybe a bit easier to connect with what God actually wants to do.
We can use contemporary culture in order to reach out, but just be careful not to compromise the message we are trying to bring to life visually.
I believe creativity in technology is a form of worship…it’s a modern day expression of what God has already done and who He is in creativity. We’re privileged to be able to do it.
If there’s one thing though that I would want you to remember as we approach technology in worship services…it would be this…that it’s not about how cool we can make and say look what I did… but to keep a heart of worship and approach it as giving back to God in worship.
When I sing every weekend..part of my prayer is that God is honored by what I have to give through my voice and guitar. The bible says to do all things unto the Lord. Let your approach in creativity in technology be to honor God and bring greater life to what He already has planned… this is how we do our part to help facilitate an atmosphere of worship through audio and visual. Have fun with it… and bring a smile to God’s face.