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I'm a member of Strangers in the World, the Lawrence Street Church worship team. We got our name from 1 Peter 1:1-3, although not all versions have the words "Strangers in the World"... The verse is a good reminder that this place is not our home, and we really belong with God. Those who don't know God can never truly know us, because His Spirit lives in us, and is part of us. We are strangers who walk the earth for a short time before He calls us home. Personally, I like to think of this place as a boarding school: a temporary living quarters where we stay while we learn what He has to teach us.
I have a few problems with some of the religious aspects of church; for instance, any heated arguement about the way worship should be conducted and what order the service should be in gets on my nerves. My stance on the religious part of worship is: God Does Not Care. As long as you're truly engaged in worship; the method, style, order, and appearance probably don't matter to Him. The Pharisees of Jesus' day argued about the exact same things... and look at His reaction to them. He doesn't LOOK at a service, He LOOKS at the hearts of those in attendance (Note: I did not say He looks at the PEOPLE in attendance. Just their hearts.)
I think worship in it's purest form is the most beautiful thing in creation. It looks and sounds all kinds of different, and if He didn't want it to, we would all look and sound exactly the same. :) Pray on.