But I started thinking about this, wondering what I should have said. An "Amen" at worship service is certainly not "wrong," and it is certain that our joy in the Lord should be outwardly obvious to others. But are we wrong if we don't shout out an "Amen?" Are we wrong if we don't dance in the pews? Are there not many ways to worship? God looks at our heart - while we often look at outward appearances.
When we were growing up, Sunday worship was very reverent - and more structured than the Sunday worship today. The altar area was a place of confession, communion, marriage and baptism. You arrived at worship, sat quietly in the pews (it was a time of meditation) until the service began )and and then you sat quietly, too. ) I'm sure grandpa & grandma would have been mortified if someone had started "dancing for joy" in the pews! As a rule, Norwegian/Lutheran parishioners would not want to call attention to themselves in God's house.
Some churches have bands; they have loud, fast music; some
However we chose to worship, remember the One we are there to worship; give Him the glory, quietly...or not.