In a clergy meeting the other day, we discussed how visitors might experience our various congregations. Recognizing that the most direct way this experience would happen would be in a worship service, we spent a good deal of time talking about “Getting something out of worship.”
I am for getting something out of worship, but aren’t we missing the point? If worship is indeed worship, it is about what God gets out of it, and thus what we put into it, not about what we get out of it.
These two things are not in opposition. I firmly believe that if one pours oneself into worship and offers oneself and one’s praise, adoration, and thanksgiving to God, one will always come away from such an experience feeling like one got something out of it.
On the other hand, can going into a worship service hoping to get something out if it actually hinder what one puts into it?