One Body. One Service. One God.
blended \ ‘blen-ded \
a: to mingle intimately or unobtrusively
b: to combine into an integrated whole
c: to create unity by bridging diversity
10AM blended worship in the sanctuary
Blended worship has, as its goal, the joining together of the people of God in all their diversity, under one roof and in one service, to glorify God through the offering up of corporate praise. The term "blended" speaks of the artful weaving together of varying musical styles and other elements into a seamless tapestry which honors the Lord without alienating any particular group.
Worship should rightly be blended because the body of Christ itself is blended (see 1 Corinthians 12). In order for corporate worship to accurately reflect the nature and the unity of the body, it must include the people of God in all of their diversity, unified in the worship by the common focus of that worship: our Lord Jesus Christ.
That Christ-centered focus is the key. For if we are united in our commitment to the glorification of our Lord through our worship, we will be blessedly distracted from lesser things which might divide us.
For true blended worship to really work, however, all of God's people must be willing to make concessions relative to their own personal preferences - no one will get just the kind of music he or she likes all the time, but that becomes an acceptable sacrifice in light of the common good.
So may we focus in our worship on the One who alone is worthy of our worship. May our worship reflect the unity within diversity which is the beauty of Christ's body, blending "psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs" (Ephesians 5:19) in a harmonious symphony of praise.
~excerpt from "Good for the Body" by Ron Man