C.S. Lewis

Lewis Quotes

From the pen (or typewriter) of C.S. Lewis.
You figure out what they have to do with worship!

"Man approaches God most nearly when he is in one sense least like God. For what can be more unlike than fullness and need, sovereignty and humility, righteousness and penitence, limitless power and cry for help?"

"'Didn't we agree that God is a spirit? Don't you worship Him because He is pure spirit?'
'Good heavens, no! We worship Him because He is wise and good. There's nothing specially fine about being a spirit. The Devil is a spirit.'"

Remember that worship is responding to God -- the response of the redeemed in the presence of the redeemer.

Have great week.
Chip Stam

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Shoe You Don't Notice

Today's WORSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK is one that will please some of you and trouble others. It has to do with, how comfortable you are with change?

What about when it means a change in your church's worship practice? The author is C. S. Lewis.

"A good shoe is a shoe you don't notice. . . . The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God. But every novelty prevents this. It fixes our attention on the service itself; and thinking about worship is a different thing from worshipping. . . . I can make do with almost any kind of service whatever, if only it will stay put. But if each form is snatched away just when I am beginning to feel at home in it, then I can never make any progress in the art of worship."

- C. S. Lewis, LETTERS TO MALCOLM: CHIEFLY ON PRAYER, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1964. As quoted in AUTHENTIC WORSHIP IN A CHANGING CULTURE, by the seven-member Worship Study Committee for the 1997 Synod of the Christian Reformed Church, CRC Publications, 1997. For information, call 1-800-333-8300.

What do you think?
Is change unsettling or refreshing?

Have a great week,
Chip Stam

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Lewis on Gratitude and Adoration

Gratitude and AdorationConcerning Prayers of Praise: It seems that it is easy for us (for me at least) to get stuck in prayers of thanksgiving, forgetting the importance of pure adoration of God. This week's quote is from C.S. Lewis' book, LETTERS TO MALCOLM: CHIEFLY ON PRAYER. This one sent me to the dictionary.

Gratitude exclaims, "How good of God to give me this." Adoration says, "What
must be the quality of that Being whose far-off and momentary coruscations
are like this!" One's mind runs back up the sunbeam to the sun.

And courtesy of Mr. Webster, we have:
Coruscation, n. A glittering or flashing; a quick vibration of light;
intellectual brilliancy. 

Have a great day, 

Chip Stam

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