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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Altrogge on Worship (and raising your hands in Church)

Meeting Mark Altrogge taught me many things. This is one of the notables.

Easy Steps to Raising Your Hands in Church

1.) Remember, the worship must always begin with the heart.

2.) Walk into a forest far enough so that no one can see or hear you. Then lift up your hands and shout as loud as you can, HALLELUJAH!

3.) Sing worship songs in your room (loudly) and raise your hands where no one can see you.

4.) Start small. Perhaps with your arms at a 45 degree angle and your palms facing up. This would bring your wrists to approximately waist level. Next sunday try the 90 degree. This may be a technique that will need a few more Sundays. Then all you have to do is turn your hands so your knuckles face you and work your way up from there.

5.) There is a big difference between praise and being a distraction. Tact is a must. Flags, banners and ribbons in perpetual motion have the potential to catch the eye in a negative way.

6.) Though various assemblies may have differing opinions on appropriate levels of enthusiasm, the worship should not merely stay within the heart.

7 Comments:

Blogger dc¬≤ said...

I'm wondering how or why it would be hard to raise one's hands in praise and worship. Jesus is the answer. When we were in school and we knew the answer, what would we do? Raise our hands. ;-)

6:29 PM  
Blogger JLF said...

Hmmm... what's in the heart will eventually work it's way out? Sounds familiar... (Lk 6.45)

2:01 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

I suppose that raising your hands in church would be a big step for some people. Actually in all honesty, it was a big step for me at one point. I guess sometimes it can be something that is just so natural - to want to reach out to God - other times its just a way of saying "I don't care what anyone thinks of me, its just me and Jesus."

Funny story: My roommate is from Argentina and a non-christian. The first time I took her to church she asked my brother why people were raising their hands. He told her "They want you to give them a high five." "Really?" she said. "Yes, and if you don't they'll be offended." Haha..he stopped her before she actually did it, but she would have. Oh my brother the joker. God Bless.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Son of Man said...

Jlf81, I think Mark stole the whole heart thing from Piper, who steals from Augustine, who stole from the Bible. cool.

3:17 PM  
Blogger JLF said...

Man, you need to post more often.

11:18 AM  
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