Speeding Tickets and Worship (the continuation)…

(This blog is a continuation of my “Thoughts After Getting A Speeding Ticket…” blog I posted Monday.)

As I’ve spent some time contemplating the question I posed in my last blog:

“What is musical worship that is found in a church?”

I keep finding myself going back to the Christianese jargon that I have become so fluent in. I know that if I found myself trying to explain to the cop that pulled me over I would be stumbling around grasping for the right words and trying to make sense at the same time.

So, I’m putting myself on the spot right now. Here is what I would say:

“I am a worship leader. This is a Christian term that has to do with singing with other Christians. Let me try to explain it to you.

Do you watch sports? Are you married? Do you have children?

With each of these scenarios there are moments when you think your heart might burst from joy. For instance:

Your favorite football team goes to the Super Bowl, throws a hail mary in the last few seconds of the game, catches the wildly thrown ball and carries it into the end zone. Cheering, shouting, hi fives, “Did you see that’s?”


The moment you found yourself on one knee, digging into your pocket for the diamond declaration of your love for your then girlfriend. You stutter and stammer with the rhythm of your pounding heart and then she says, “Yes!” Smiling, embracing, joyful crying.


Your child is sleeping in your arms, only minutes old. There is a tiny fluttering of her eyelids, a squeaky yawn, and she wraps her slow moving fingers around your thumb. Love, heart-bursting, indescribable love.

Our natural response in each of these instances is something that is put into song over and over again. Joy, Love, Hope, Awe, Wonder. These are each just a few of the things that are sung in churches around the world in response to a God that came to die so that we can live with hope, as someone who has been rescued. This life living response is called worship and the songs that we write and sing are called worship songs. I have the unbelievable job of getting to lead/direct/encourage/exhort people who are gathered to do just that.”

So that is my imagined, describing church musical worship, scenario. I do hope that there will be a future account where I will be able to express these thoughts to someone who is stumbling around the Christian language of worship. There will be much blushing, hand gesturing and saying “ummm,” but I now have the thoughts sorted in my head so that I can hopefully paint a clear picture. Let’s just hope it will not be to a police officer pulling me over for another speeding ticket…

(I have written a blog of similar thoughts that you can go check out called “Olympians and Musicians….”)


About sarah macintosh

I am Sarah MacIntosh, formerly the lead singer for a band called Chasing Furies. I am a writer. Some writing has melody some doesn't. Some writing is for myself and some is for others. The songs tend to bubble up inside for quite some time and eventually burst out later with or without a guitar in my hand. Recently there have been towering highs and plummeting lows in my life all which have been carefully guarded by my Savior, Jesus. It is these things that have been written about on scraps of paper, tattered journals, and my faithful mac laptop. These words jotted down have swirled around in my head until they have finally come out of my mouth in melody. Melody and words have joined together and are now being carefully placed and suspended in time on tracks that will eventually be a cd. I will crack the door so that you can see what has been written... here and there...in a plane...in a hotel... View all posts by sarah macintosh

One response to “Speeding Tickets and Worship (the continuation)…

  • Rachel

    Yay, Sarah! What a great way to describe it. I know that the Lord WILL provide another opportunity to share that. He always does! Just today I was asked in a literature club meeting what book I would take with me if I was on an island for the rest of my life. The first book that popped into my head was The Bible. But when it came my turn, somehow my mouth started joking about taking my Kindle with me so I could have every book with me. As we went around the room, several other women said they would choose the Bible. I was praying and felt like such a loser for not saying that, too! I knew I needed to speak up again, but how? Well, I kept praying. By the end of the circle God had shown me what to say: “Well, since everyone thought my Kindle idea was kind of cheating for this exercise, I’ve thought it through and I would take the Bible first and Anne of Green Gables second.” It was awesome to see the Holy Spirit give me that second chance right there if I was willing to speak up at the right moment. Thank you, Lord!

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