I’m happy to worship pretty much anywhere: in halls, tents, front rooms, shopping malls… the location doesn’t tend to hinder my ability to worship.
That said, I’ve sometimes been in places where I’ve thought “Wow! This would make a great place to worship God.”
The last time I had the experience was when I went to a ‘private’ Robert Plant gig in Central London. We entered St Mark’s Church (One Mayfair) to experience an intimate gig celebrating Plant’s new “Band of Joy” album.
The music was good, but what struck me most was the awe-inspiring sound that echoed around that place. I’m not sure how much of it was down to the mix itself, and how much to the awesome history that building must have seen. How, before it was used by a veteran rock star, it saw praises rising to God.
As Robert sang “Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down” I realised that I’d adore to fill these kinds of buildings — originally built for and to the glory of God but so often sadly neglected or but a pale reflection of their former glory — with impassioned songs of worship once again.
I know many great churches and cathedrals still raise great streams of praise and worship. How amazing would it be for every such building to be used for its original purpose once again.