Friday, November 16, 2007


In yesterday’s blog entry I reviewed many of the advertising slogans from our culture’s fast food restaurant industry. But what does that have to do with Grace Church?

The Worship Design Team met last Tuesday night. This is a group of very dedicated and committed people under the leadership of Matt McElravy, who is our Worship Arts Director here at Grace Church, that plan all of the elements of our Sunday morning worship services. Last Tuesday we set our sights on the upcoming January Sunday mornings. Over the months of January and February we will be taking eight weeks to study through the book of Malachi which is the last Old Testament book in your Bible.

Throughout this book, God speaks through the prophet Malachi, rebuking the priests and people of Israel for their half-hearted worship of Him. The same elements that kept Israel from authentic worship back then often keep us from authentic worship today. In fact, we may even have a greater problem with these issues because we live in such a fast food culture that our “get it done quick” approach to life has also transferred over to our worship. That is why we will be calling this new series, “McWorship: Authentic Worship in a Fast-Food Culture.” Here is an overview of the first half of this series:

Week #1 – “I’m Lovin’ It” (Malachi 1:1-5) – The key word we will look at is “love.” Authentic worship involves a proper response to the love of God.

Week #2 – “Premium Beef” (Malachi 1:6-14) – The key word we will look at is “service.” Authentic worship involves serving God with my very best.

Week #3 – “Make Every Time A Good Time” (Malachi 2:1-9) – The key word we will look at is “discipline.” Authentic worship involves obeying God without compromise.

Week #4 – “It’s Mac Tonight” (Malachi 2:10-17) – Authentic worship involves reflecting God in my marriage and my family.

So as we enter this series right after the first of the year we are hoping to see our stage transformed into a “McDonald’s Land” complete with golden arches and cardboard cutouts of the McDonald’s Land characters. We are hoping to show old McDonald’s commercials each week that will lead into the theme of the morning. We are hoping to show a video of what it would look like if a husband took a wife out for a formal dinner at McDonalds. We are hoping to show our culture’s lackadaisical approach to worship through a clip from “Mr. Bean Goes to Church.” We are hoping to introduce a song that shows the American culture today of “cutting every corner.” We are hoping to use some secular love songs to show us how Malachi teaches that marriage is a husband placing a garment of protection over his wife. One Sunday we will be so completely different in every way that I can’t even give you any hints as to what will take place. Through it all we are asking God to use teach us what it means today to be authentic worshippers.

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