My brother and his wife attend an urban church. During one particular Sunday worship service, instead of the usual singing of songs before the sermon, everyone was given a trash bag and went around the neighborhood picking up garbage and talking to each other about what God has been doing in their lives. They reconvened after a short time, filled the stage with trash, and continued worshiping.

As I have relayed this story to others, I have had mixed reactions. Some think it is awesome to break out of the typical Sunday morning routine and do something like this. Others believe singing should always be a part of Sunday worship, and they are not so quick to throw unpredictibility at the people.

I believe Sunday worship should be a time for a gathering of people to collectively exalt the Name and Word of God (Ps. 138), and the ways in which we worship should aid the people in such a response.

So, is picking up trash one such way of glorifiying God? Is there a place for this in Sunday worship? Might worship leader-less churches benefit from creative alternatives to music in church?

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