The sanctuary was full, and though the closing hymn was listed as the “Recessional Hymn,” the congregation sat down following the benediction for the playing of the postlude. It was a well played piece by an obviously talented organist.
As the moving toccata came to a close, the congregation applauded. Some stood. It was clear; the man’s talent was appreciated and was a ouseing way to end the worship experience.
This brought to mind the debate over worship styles. The service that night was entirely traditional. A large choir sang three different selections, and did so very well. I suppose it was the way we were instructed to sit for the postlude that brought to my mind the “worship wars.” The points were going to be made that THIS was worship, that the ORGAN is the instrument of choice for worship, and that THIS organist was a very gifted musician.
To toccata was beautiful. What I could not get out of my mind, thought, was, in what way(s) was this performance better, or more inherently worshipful than a well done guitar riff?
Please help me understand!