This is an example of how unconnected thoughts can leave us confused or disinterested. Yet, this is the pattern we see and hear more often than not from church platforms across the nation. There have been times when a pastor stands up to speak after a wonderful time of worship or a special moment and I’ve wondered, “Were he and I sitting in the same room just now?”
Some time ago, I was in a service and the worship pastor was at the piano singing, “I Need Thee Every Hour.” The room was still. The tenderness and transparent heart of the leader was so evident. Toward the end of the song, the senior pastor, with not a little furrow in his brow, walked up to and around the piano and stared at the singer. When the song was over, the pastor made no comment at all, except to say, “Now, turn in your Bible to the book of Revelation.” I could not believe it. There was no segue at all from testimony to sacred text, no connecting from one thing to the next. Now this might not be a fatal flaw, however, it was certainly insensitive to the moment—and frankly, it was poor manners.
So, you might ask me, “What would you have done if you were the pastor?”
I’m glad you asked! I would turn to “Wes” the worship leader and say, “Thank you, Wes, for so beautifully reminding us of an essential truth.” Then I would turn to the congregation and ask, “How many of you, this morning, need Him every hour, every day, every week, every month and year? Well there is good news to be shared. He is right here among us by the promise of His Word. Now, let’s open His Word and see what He has to share with us.”
Just a few sentences. It can make such a difference.
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Randy Vader is a best-selling composer and lyricist, Dove Award-winning producer, and with his wife Carol, the owner and CEO of PraiseGathering Music Group. In addition, he has recorded, produced and published over 1,000 choral pieces under the PraiseGathering, Gaither Music, Adoration, and Alpha Praise imprints. He has been a part of the Gaither Music family for 30 years and remains the creative producer with Bill Gaither for the world renowned Gaither Music catalogue.