Traditional or Contemporary


What style of worship happens in heaven? It will be unlike anything we have ever experienced!

Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne and who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and worship Him who lives forever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." (Revelation 4:9-11 NIV)

My family spent the weekend visiting churches with a group of people from my home church. My church is preparing a long range plan and one part of that report is our style of worship. We are asking questions such as should we be more traditional, more contemporary, or a combination of the two? Should we have one completely contemporary service and one completely traditional?

Sitting with my youngest son at lunch today, we talked about the trip. He asked a very important question, perhaps one our whole committee should be asking. He asked, "Daddy, in Heaven, will there be one contemporary worship service and one traditional?"

I must admit, it made me think. What style of worship does Heaven have? Will we sing praise choruses, or will we use hymnals? Will there be organ music or piano? Will there be a praise band or a choir?

All good questions!

As I read God's Word, I can't really say what style of worship we will have in Heaven. What I can discern, however, is that we will certainly worship! As I traveled to different churches, some "contemporary", some "traditional" (whatever those terms really mean), I never see everyone truly involved in worship. We often come to "worship service" with the junk of life on our minds. Others just aren't "caught up" in worship at the time. When we get to Heaven, there will be no more junk. We will no longer experience times when our hearts are not really into worship. Plus, somehow, I have a feeling in the presence of our Creator we will care far less about the style of music we sing!

We will fall at the feet of Jesus and worship God! It will be unlike anything we have ever experienced! I don't know if we will call it contemporary or traditional, but for sure, we will call it worship! Blessed be the name of the Lord! I can't wait!

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