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Visual Worship by Pat Laeger

By October 17th, 2016Articles

Pat Laeger is the Tech and Media Director at Meadow Spring Church and in June 2013 he taught his church congregation about visual worship. Here are some of the main points from his talk:

  • “We don’t worship because we believe, we believe because we worship.”
  • What we worship becomes what we believe.
  • “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” -Romans 12:1
  • “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” -Romans 1:20 We can clearly see the unseen things of God. We were created to worship God in all ways which include seeing and hearing.
  • The visual tools we use are not visual worship, rather only when we internalize God it becomes worship.
  • “Visual worship is not about what your eyes see, it is about how your mind and heart and spirt connect with and respond to God through those things our eyes see.” -Cameron Ware
  • Everyone worships something. We need to focus our worship on God all the time. We need to make a decision every day to worship God and not other things.
  • Why do we use lighting and video technology Sunday morning? To create a moment that wouldn’t be there otherwise. Technology is not a supporting role to what is being presented on stage. Rather it is a whole system to create an atmosphere to bring people closer to God and lives can be changed for Christ. Sometimes this means having no lights or video presented.
  • The goal of visual worship isn’t to add to the noise and distractions of life. It is to created an environment that helps you focus on God.
  • All colors have significance and these are some color that are significant to the church.
  • Black: authority, power, death, quite, still, empty, sin
  • White: pure, beauty, clean, goodness, simplicity, salvation, redemption
  • Blue: stability, calmness, peace, grace, devotion
  • Gold: creative, God’s kingship
  • Red: love, hate, intensity, passion, desire, stable, vitality, life, courage, between black and white
  • Purple: royal, majesty, mystery, wisdom, truth