Worship is not a spectator sport. Worship is not a place to sit back and be passive. Worship is not only on Sundays. Worship is a way of living. Worship is active. Worship is what we do day in and day out.
For me, worship has taken on a new meaning in the last year or so. Ever since Marcia McFee came onto the scene, I have seen what worship could be, not what it is. Marcia showed me that worship can take many forms. Worship must stimulate all the senses, not just what we hear. Since I am a very visual learner, by default, I tend to absorb and retain things better that are visually stimulating to look at. The physical worship space is so important. The lighting, the atmosphere, the colors, the things on the altar, the flowers, and the symbols are what draw me into worship.
What I have found is that some of these are the very things that are lacking in worship. That’s not to say that worship can survive without some of these visual reminders. Those of us who are visual learners need those visuals and symbols to help us during worship. Regardless of the style or setting of worship, there is a place for these visuals.
The key is that visuals within a worship setting should not be a spectacle. They should not be gimmicky or overdone. We should not treat church as a theatre where liturgy is a show. Worship arts need to be able to bear the weight of mystery and point us toward the kingdom.