I’m almost through reading Transformational Church by Ed Stetzer. Specifically, read the chapter on worship this afternoon, and even as it affirmed some of the directions I have been thinking about, it challenged others, including some of my long-standing thoughts about blending worship with elements from a variety of eras and traditions. I’ll say more about it in the next couple days, but for now, this was one of the points Stetzer and Thom Rainer made that I was already on board with: reverence is a more important measurement than relevance when evaluating your worship service. Of course, part of the reason for this is that God is relevant, and does not need us to make him seem so. When we are focused on making worship relevant, we are often overlooking that reality; if we were approaching mindful that the transcendent and imminent God is already completely present and engaged with this moment, we would be in awe of him, and our worship would therefore be more reverent.