Praise In Worship
Praise In Worship
I had intended to discontinue my series on Praise and Worship; however, with a significant input from my ministerial colleague, Pastor Barrington Brennen, I found it necessary to continue- and therefore this additional input.
“Pastor Johnson and pastors, I am in the process of writing an article on ‘Praise AND Worship.’ I am nervous about the term. I truly believe it is misleading and wrong and does not fit into Adventists’ view of worship. In fact, I am shocked how we are so open to ‘Praise AND Worship.’
“Just a reminder, I claim to be the first pastor in the Conference in the 1980s to have started ‘Praise’ in our worship service. I was pastoring at Maranatha Church at the time. I would lead in singing and even had ‘controlled’ clapping (smile).
“Its root is not Adventism but is more Charismatic and deeply evangelical. Look at the term: ‘Praise AND Worship.’ Over the past ten years, I have researched this development and found out the ‘Praise and Worship’ leaders think about that part of the service as more important than any other part. The kind of music and the theology of the words of the songs tend to lend only toward emotions. It is my view that we should not use the term ‘Praise AND Worship,’ because it does not reflect our philosophy of worship. Here it is, we COME to WORSHIP. Normally, the worship time (the entire service) is for 60 minutes to 120 minutes. Note that the entire service is WORSHIP not just that segment. Thus, we should say ‘Praise IN Worship’ or just PRAISE. What audacity a music team has to suggest that they alone are doing worship. We adopt these terms and sink them in our brain not knowing what they mean. (The same with the term ‘Prayer Warrior’)
“My view is that we should not use the term ‘Praise AND Worship.’ We can use PRAISE or Praise IN Worship. Remember, the entire service is worship and praise. Literally, PRAISE can simply mean singing. Also, WORSHIP is the term for the service which includes singing, teaching, healing and more.
“So when we say ‘Praise AND Worship,’ it suggests that we are having another service in the worship period that is usually controlled by a team of singers who are not really connected to the pastor's passion for the service that day. Thus, we end up having two services in one. It is time for our pastors to truly be ‘worship leaders.’
“Refer to the diagrams below that I created to demonstrate my point.”