In a post over at The Village Church, Michael Bleeker shares what happened when he asked worship leaders to tweet stories of their “accidental worship heresies,” things they’ve either said or sang in a worship service that didn’t exactly come out the way they intended. And it’s an impressive list.
Among my personal favorites:
- Misquoted Col. 3:16 as, “psalms, hymns and spiritual thongs” while officiating one of my best friend’s wedding. (I don’t even want to think about what a “spiritual thong” would be.)
- “I thy great father and thou my true son,” during Be Thou My Vision. (For some reason, I don’t think the church has ever officially declared it a heresy to claim to be God’s father.)
- “I’d rather have silver than Jesus or gold.” (Now that’s just silly. Who would rather have silver than gold?)
- I once prayed for God to give a guy “aides.” When you say that word out loud, no one pays attention to the letter E. (The silent E strikes again.)
But some of them seemed unfortunately apropos :
- I sang, “I see a generation rising up to take their place with selfish faith.”
- I once asked a congregation to “Stand and worship us,” rather than “Stand and worship with us.”
- “Lord, align Your will with ours.”
- “Not because of what You’ve done, but because of who I am.” (And I have to admit that I’ve made this mistake myself.)
And although this last one seems a bit hard to believe, I still enjoyed the creativity:
“He is jealous for me, floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee.”
Check out the post for the rest. It’s worth it.