Robert Webber

Webber on Divine Action in Worship

Today's Worship Quote is from Robert Webber, late theology professor at Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Illinois.

In worship there is divine action. In our celebration of Christ, something happens. There is an action from above: the Holy Spirit delivers Christ and the benefits of Christ's death and resurrection to the worshipers.

In other words, in worship our relationship with Christ is established, maintained, and repaired. Christ meets us in our act of celebrating his death and resurrection. In this worship encounter, the Spirit brings us the very real benefits of Christ's death - salvation, healing, comfort, hope, guidance, and assurance. Through this encounter, order and meaning come into our lives. Through worship, a right ordering of God, the world, self, and neighbor is experienced, and the worshiper receives a peace that passes understanding. Simply put, worship is an it-is-well-with-my-soul experience.

-Robert Webber, Blended Worship: Achieving Substance and Relevance in Worship, (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1996).

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Webber on Prayer of Confession

The Book of Daily Prayer
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Most merciful God,
I confess that I have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what I have done,
and by what I have left udone.
I have not loved you with my whole heart;
I have not loved my neighbor as myself.
I am truly sorry and I humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, 
have mercy on me and forgive me, 
that I may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name.

-- adapted for private prayer from THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER (Episcopal Church) by Robert Webber in THE BOOK OF DAILY PRAYER (Eerdmans, 1993)


The WQOTW is an adaptation of the Prayer of Confession found in the BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. Certainly, to worship "in spirit and truth" includes telling God the truth about our own sin and our need for his mercy and forgiveness.

Have a great week.

(Originally posted on 2/26/1996)

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Webber on Christ-Centered Worship

Christ-Centered Worship

This WORSHIP QUOTE comes from Robert Webber, a theology professor at Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Illinois.

"Worship celebrates God's saving deed in Jesus Christ. This kind of worship is not a goal-driven worship, but a Christ-driven worship. And when Christ is the center of worship, all the goals of worship are achieved: Christ-centered worship educates, evangelizes, heals, develops spirituality - and is most enjoyable.

A Christ-centered worship - which is event-oriented worship - can never be static and merely intellectual because what happens is an actual and real communication of the power and benefit of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. Worshiping churches recognize that every gathering of worship is ultimately a praise and thanksgiving for the overthrow of evil by God in Christ. This victory not only happened two thousand years ago, but it happens today in the lives of people who bring to worship their own struggles against that evil which shatters relationships, oppresses the poor, and brings constant dislocation into life.

The event of Christ is the only event in human history that promises relocation and centering, meaning and purpose. This promise and its fulfillment evoke passionate and heartfelt praise and thanks, especially for those aware of their own brokenness and the healing which Christ brings into their lives."

- Robert Webber, in SIGNS OF WONDER, Star Song, 1992.


Lord, remind me that it is the risen Christ who is worthy of my worship and devotion. Forgive me for worshiping "worship." Forgive me for focusing so much energy on my successes or failures, my pleasures or pains. Give me devotion for you alone. Amen!

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