Multicultural WorshipScriptural Encouragement

From Mono To Multi: Engaging Scripture

[Proskuneo has the privilege of partnering with a local church in our community to help them figure out what multi-generational, multi-cultural worship looks like for them. This is part of a blog series on transitioning from mono to multi. You can find other posts in this series by clicking on the “mono2multi” tag.]

For me, it is important to help people understand that the “why” of multicultural worship is rooted firmly in the Bible. I have written extensively about this in other posts, and in my book with Nikki Lerner. It is easy to simply quote scripture and expect people to get it. But, I am realizing that the ways we engage with scripture corporately are incredibly important. We say we are a multicultural, multi-generational congregation, but do we engage with scripture in a way that people from different cultures and generations can get it? Sometimes, I like to engage the scripture multi-lingually with a diverse congregation. But, even if we are engaging monolingually, we can do so in a way that includes diversity of generation and culture.

worthyisthelambLast Sunday, I led the congregation in quoting parts of Revelation 5:9,10. I spoke it line by line and had the congregation repeat after me. There are people in our congregation who can’t read. There may be others who can read very well in their first language, but struggle to read in English.

  • We spoke it out loud for verbal processors. Did you know that you retain more by speaking then you do by simply hearing?
  • We spoke it in short, cohesive phrases for language learners and younger ones. It also allowed us to chew on the Scripture and savor it a bit.

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain…

You have purchased us for God…

From every tribe and language…

From every people and nation…

You have made us a kingdom of priests…

To serve our God.

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