by Stephen Whitney

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True Worship (17 of 40)
Series: Ecclesiastes
Stephen Whitney
Ecclesiastes 5: 1- 7

The sight of a woman being tattooed live at the altar accompanied by the sound of a buzzing ink gun provided a startling backdrop to Sunday's sermon at Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek in November 2009.

This is not your parent's church. In the drive to stay relevant, the Gold Creek Community Church was hosting a series called "Permanent Ink" that featured Sunday's live finale. The church features 20-minute rock sets by the band that launch sermons.

Sharon Snell was one of several members of the congregation who volunteered to be tattooed Sunday. At the service she got on stage and faced away from about 150 parishioners while tattoo artist Matt Sawdon worked on the image of a police shield on her lower back. It was her third tattoo and represents her husbands work as an Everett police officer.

As her tattoo took shape, pastor Dan Kellogg told the people that markings, both good and evil are mentioned in the Bible. Another member who volunteered was Erica Armendariz, who was getting work done on an arm tattoo she calls her "faith sleeve" where she has religious pictures and symbols. She said her tattoo which stretched through two sermons was getting painful toward the end.

Tattoo artist Matt Sawdon said he'd never tattooed anyone at church before. Aside from the limited time he had during each of the sermons, he said, it wasn't much different from a normal day's work.

As churches try to become more and more relevant to the culture in which we live it brings up the question, What is True Worship?

Is there a standard for true worship of God which we are to follow or can we do whatever we choose and still call it worship as long as we are sincere? What does God require of true worship?

Solomon gives us a warning about how we are to worship God.
Guard - Heb. observe or watch KJB Keep
Guard refers to the attit ...

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