About a year ago we had a lady in a wheelchair come into the foyer during worship. She told one of our elders that she had cancer and wasn’t expected to live much longer. She asked if we would pray for her. That elder went right up front between songs, explained the situation and prayed for her right there on the spot. It was touching and moving. It made the hair stand up on your arm because that moment in worship was profoundly in touch with reality. I have forgotten a lot of sermons over the years and many conversations that have happened in foyers, pews, and classrooms but that moment was one I will never forget.
Those moments aren’t going to happen every week but if we are in touch with people and what is going on in their lives, those moments may present themselves more often than we may recognize. We have to be looking and listening for them and willing to recognize them (publicly if necessary). We don’t do that to make people feel fuzzy or to give an impression that we are cutting edge. We do it because it is what Jesus would do and because it brings our worship in touch with what is really real.