One day after dinner, while finishing dessert, a father sent his boy out to cut the lawn. Smiling broadly, the son said, "No, Father, I just want to stay here experiencing your presence, expressing my love for you, my dear Father." The father frowned and said, more firmly this time, "Actually, Son, I would rather you go out and cut the lawn." But the boy acted as if he didn't even hear his father, and he replied, "Dad! Guess what? I just wrote a song expressing my love for you!" The son began to sing, his eyes closed in sincerity and intense emotion, and the father left the table to go watch TV. The boy didn't notice, but kept singing, with tears streaming down his face.
At that point the father wanted the boy to experience obedience (which may entail heat, sweat, thirst, sunburn, strained muscles, hunger, endurance, and fatigue) even more than the warmth of his presence.
(A is for Abductive Sweet, McClaren)
When did we accept worship that is solely about what we sing, even songs that implore us to seek the faded music leads us down that lane that is emotive singing. If "worship is the 'raison d'entre' and primary objective of the Christ Community" how is it possible that we have lost that sense of worship that reflects "the moment-by-moment acknowledgement of obedient and loving service" the worship that God values.
Bosch points out that "Celebration divorced from caring and pursuit of justice is welcomed by the demonic and rejected by God. I cannot delight in your sacred ceremonies! Spare me the sound of your song! But let justice roll on like a river'' (Amos 5.24). A gift brought to God is welcomed only if the giver is first in shalom with others (Matt. 5.24)."
Interesting that "celebration is acceptable to God only when the Christian community is involved in demonstrating and proclaiming His reign with signs of shalom"
So when the music fades and we simply come, when all is stripped away what is left? "the avant garde of the new creation?"; the "experience of shalom we are called to manifest and promote?"; an explicit representation of the Kingdom, His reign? Or the next lovely sequence of chords.
As long as that is all that is left worship remains a lost theme of mission.