So I didn't get around to posting again last night (I was too tired by the time I got back to my room), but that's ok-better late than never.
Anyway, I went to the Verge last night and it was......interesting. Don't get me wrong I think that the Verge is a great means of spiritual renewing, as well as a means to reach out to people who may not feel comfortable in a typical church setting. Here's my issue with it: the worship. I know that there are people who find it worshipful and a great means of connecting with God. But for some reason (perhaps, I'm showing my age here) that scream-o music is not how I worship. I spent the majority of the worship time trying to clear my ears from the ringing. However, I do not want to sound as though I am condemning this kind of music/worship-far from it. I know that there are many various means through which to worship (some people would probably be uncomfortable in my home church), so I am not speaking out against it.
However, I would like to see some more "traditional" (and I use that term loosely) songs thrown in there as well. I think the modern generation is so put out with the idea of liturgy and hymns, that they just abandon them all together. Some of my favorite worship songs are hymns (e.g. 'Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing', 'It is Well With My Soul', 'How Great Thou Art', etc.) and I by no means came from a traditional background.
Also, part of me feels as though a lot of the songs that are sung in contemporary settings are focused on us as the worshippers, rather than on God. For example, last night we sang the song 'How He Loves Us' and at the end of the second verse, the lyrics are "I don't have time to maintain these regrets, When I think about the way He loves us...." A great line about how God's love transcends any evil we can do. However, I think it important to note that is necessary for us to ask forgiveness and to turn from that way of life-it is not enough to just say I don't have time to care about it anymore, we must turn to Christ.
I don't know maybe I am just venting (which is probably the case), but I find it difficult to maintain an attitude of worship while I am constantly measuring everything that is being sung and how loud the music is, etc. Perhaps, my goal should be to get over that hurdle. Or maybe to come to the Verge for just the message and not the worship aspect......hmmm, any thoughts?