The pastoral prayer demonstrates that the Sunday service is not about entertaining or impressing people. Pray longer than what’s standard in many churches and people will see that your primary goal is not to satisfy a customer, but to seek and exalt the Savior.
Read the rest of this great article at TGC on the benefits of a pastoral prayer in your worship gathering. We started doing this at our church , too, in the last couple of years, and it does make a difference. Maybe most helpfully in being a rhythm that shapes a mindset over time. We should be on the lookout for these time-tested components of corporate worship that will shape our local churches into true outposts of the kingdom of Christ, full of participants and not consumers.
I’ve really, truly been enjoying the music of Bifrost Arts lately. More to come on them at a later date. But for now, here are a couple of my favorite tunes, and a quote by one of Bifrost’s founders, Isaac Wardell. He says,
“We created Bifrost Arts to enrich the Church and engage the world with beauty and truth through music beautiful enough that non-Christians are attracted to it,” said Wardell. The name of the organization comes from Norse pagan mythology, meaning “a bridge connecting heaven and earth.”
“Bifrost wants to be that bridge,” says Wardell. “Bach said that music is the only art of heaven given to man, and the only art of earth taken to heaven. Singing together is one thing we know we’ll all be doing together forever” (taken from a profile on the group in byFaith Magazine).
Go here for another good post by Justin Taylor, where he pulls together a few different comments on Bifrost’s music. Really, really good stuff. Again, more later.