Have you ever been in our worship service and listened? Now that might sound like an odd question, but I mean much more than just listening to the sermon, prayers, and songs. I’m talking about listening to everything else that is going on around you. Here are some of the things I have listened to over the past couple weeks and I think you, like me, will find something wonderful in all the extra noises of worship.
What Do You Hear?
Last Sunday night, Marty was speaking about David and I heard a little girl behind us, without any prompting, tell her parents the entire story about how David gathered up 5 stones, put one in his slingshot and killed Goliath. The wonderful extra noises of worship, hearing a little girl tell about a Bible story she had learned.
A few weeks back, I also witnessed two other little girls sitting next to each other talking and giggling about whatever they were drawing. The wonderful extra noises of worship, seeing two girls form a friendship at church that will hopefully last for years to come and that will be able to help encourage them in their walk.
I’ve also heard little footsteps running up the auditorium as they are dismissed during worship to go back to Children’s Bible Time. The wonderful extra noises of worship, knowing that kids are excited to go to a Bible class where they will be taken care of and learn a Bible story about a God who loves them.
I’ve also seen multiple sets of brothers going down the aisle to pick up the blue cards on various Sundays, and while they do it they laugh with each other. The wonderful extra noises of worship, knowing that here are some boys already serving in the church.
In Matthew 19:14 Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When I read this verse, I imagine Jesus perhaps holding up the crying baby or maybe the talkative child and being so thankful that they were there hearing his teachings. Let us, listen for the wonderful noises of worship, and be thankful that they are here.