This week is about distractions. Well, not about distractions so much as about loss of focus, or maybe even loss of trust in the foundations of the faith. Once again, we are called to celebrate our faith and to embrace ways of living out that faith that might grow and change but in the end will remain true to the words and witness of Jesus Christ.
One way of expressing this in worship might be to spend some time with the “why.” Why do we do what we do? What is behind the flow of worship, the elements of worship? The purpose behind attention to the “why” of worship is to maintain a focus. Distractions abound, and our text draws attention to an inclination to wander off in search of something new to interest a distracted mind or itching ears. Grounding ourselves in what worship is about frees us for finding new ways and reinvigorating old ways of worshiping.