It’s been said that worship is 10% what you say, and 90% body language. Actually, that has been said a total of never times, but I’d like to say it here just for the sake of this post.
I was talking today with the rest of the staff at my church about the idea of not manipulating people to worship, and how instead we want to leave that up to God and let His Spirit work while we do our best to not get in His way. That said, a brilliant idea was brought up- an idea so brilliant that I had to share.
Are you ready for this?
…A church applause sign!
I know, right? Why didn’t I think of that!?
This sign not only lets people know when to “give God a clap offering,” but also gives new and old church-goers alike the ability to know when to give a powerful “amen,” or when to laugh at the guest speaker’s jokes.
So I thought I’d have a little brainstorm sesh and come up with some other possible instructions the sign could give… here goes:
Sure, there is no official system of measurement for worship (YET!), but who’s to say we can’t start one? This command would typically be used on the bridge of most Hillsong songs somewhere between the “Whoa-oh-oh’s” and the guitar solo.
“Nod your head and say ‘Mmm’”
This one is usually appropriate when the Pastor says something that is Tweet-worthy, and/or you catch him looking your way and want to make sure he knows you think his sermons are powerful like Chuck Spurgeon.
“Give a standing O”
Save this one for Easter, Christmas, and baby dedications. It’s a great way to let visitors know your church knows how to party, and that you believe strongly in stuff.
“Pump your fist”
Be careful to use this one in moderation. Nothing can throw off your worship mojo like an awkwardly placed fist pump. Recommended usages of this command include songs that feature lots of U2-like guitars, extended drum solos, and anything you could choreograph a karate kick to.
So before you go out and build one yourself, help me come up with some more commands for our worship applause sign…
What are some other commands that would help church-goers be more awesome?