This year’s Mid Year Conference was on Worship. The whole conference was excellent. I couldn’t help learning a lot, being encouraged and really challenged.
It was actually the same topic as the first MYC I went to four years ago, but there’s always more to learn.
Each day we had seminars, bible studies, electives and a talk. The seminars went through the Old Testament law: the role of the temple, priests and sacrifices in worshipping God, how that relates to Jesus and how we should respond to that. The bible studies were in manuscript discovery style (not exactly the same, but similar to the description by Chris Sommerfield) on the book of Joel. I attended electives on the controversial passages, 1 Corinthians 11 and 14 (which, I think, would not be so controversial if people read them properly in context). The talks were excellent and raised some interesting questions.
I’d like to pose some of those questions here before I write about what I learnt this week. If you have any response to them that you care to share, leave a comment.
I guess the obvious one, before the week even started: What is worship?
Not as obvious ones:
Does asking to be worshipped make God unworthy of worship?
Should we be the ones to decide what’s good and evil?
One of the tidbits during the week was the writing of limericks. People wrote limericks about the seminars, Joel, and Grimmo (Paul Grimmond) — who we’ve just said goodbye to as the pastor of UniChurch and Chaplain of UNSW.
I wrote a limerick…
Ode to Blood Spilled
Adam and Eve in the garden
Having sinned could receive no pardon
Blood spilled from the beast
Could not perfect in the least
But now Jesus’ blood brings us great freedom
Yeah, I know. Garden, pardon, freedom is not a great rhyme, but the only other rhyming word I had was “harden”… I couldn’t make it fit. There were some much better and more humourous ones, but I didn’t write them down.
Let me know what you think of the questions above. I’ll be writing at least one more post about what I learnt, as well as posting some new haiku.