Monday, April 8, 2013
There’s a lot of change happening these days in worship; not only in style and music but also in how people dress for worship. Have you noticed?
Lots of folks were raised to wear their “Sunday best” when they went to church. Still holds true for many churches and worshippers. I remember when the ushers at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian in New York City wore tuxedos with tails and white gloves. I recall once overhearing an older Sardis saint remind a young usher to button his suit jacket when he was taking up the offering. And women were told never to wear slacks to church. All that has changed hasn’t it?
We are making a change in attire for our ushers, greeters and preachers at our 9am worship service. Those working on designing a more contemporary worship service have recommended making the service less formal. So we will be encouraging our ushers and greeters not to wear suits and ties, and I will follow suit, or I should say, follow their lead, too. No tie for me at 9. Not really sure what I will don each week–probably a sport jacket, but no tie.
At the 11am service I'm making a change in the other direction. I will still wear my clergy robe but will wear a clerical collar, which is what I wore when I first came to the land of grits. The original thought behind wearing a simple clergy robe was to not call attention to yourself and have folks critique your fashion IQ each week. Still makes sense to me.
Do you think God has a dress code for worship? Does God have fashion police or in his case, fashion angels? Does it matter what you wear to worship?
The answer is a resounding YES.
In Colossians 3, we find instructions to “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience….and above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” That’s a pretty simple dress code.
So it does matter what you wear to worship, but it has nothing to do with designer labels, silk ties, flip flops or blue jeans. Love is your biggest fashion statement.
It’s what we all need to wear to worship.