GOD: THE INFINITE CENTER
I think our churches need to do much deeper thinking about what it means to worship God, what in means to nurture and to live the life of faith, what it means to be a Christian community that offers alternatives to the world, and how we can best reach out to our neighbors with the gospel and in service to them. In order to do all that we have to stop asking which style of music to use and ask instead what will help us keep God at the center.
God is the Subject of our worship, for he is the one who makes it possible for us to enter into his presence; God is the one who gives us himself in the Word, the water, the supper. How we conduct worship must teach all the participants that and enfold them in that reality.
- Marva J. Dawn, A ROYAL "WASTE" OF TIME: THE SPLENDOR OF WORSHIPING GOD AND BEING CHURCH FOR THE WORLD, Chapter 11, "Keeping God as the Infinite Center of Our Worship," Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1999, p. 152.
Where is your attention when you are with God's people in corporate worship? Are you focused on your needs or feelings or desires, or are you able to "tune your heart" to the mighty and loving God of creation?
Have a great week.
(Originally posted on 6/20/2000)
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