I grew up thinking the Sunday worship service lasts for one hour with a 20 minute sermon. We had Holy Communion once a month and then the service could be 90 minutes. Never thought twice about it and never questioned the Sunday morning routine. I remember one family attended both the 8:30 and the 10:30 services every week. Have to admit I wondered how their kids could sit through the same long sermon twice.
I encourage you to search your Bible and show me in the scriptures where it says worship needs to last one hour. Good luck finding that verse. Show me where it says a sermon should be 20 minutes long. You won’t find a verse for that either.
Jesus did say this however: “The hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship God. God is spirit, and those who worship God must worship in spirit and truth.”
Jesus seems to be saying that worship comes from “spirit and truth”, and that worship is really about the quality of the encounter with God not the quantity of time set aside for a routine ritual and liturgy. Do you desire heartfelt worship full of spirit and truth? Then turn off your phone and forget about the clock. We worship as long as it takes, and I preach til I am finished with the message God gives me.
Try joining us on Wednesday night at 7:00 pm. 25 minutes of prayer, holy communion and God’s Word. No it doesn’t last an hour, but the Worship draws us to Jesus, and we are filled with God’s spirit and truth.