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White on a Definition of Corporate Worship

Today's Worship Quote is another definition of corporate worship, this time by the contemporary Methodist theologian James F. White. Here he stresses the human purpose in worship:

DEFINITION OF CORPORATE WORSHIP
Called from the world, we come together, deliberately seeking to approach reality at its deepest level by encountering God in and through Jesus Christ and by responding to this awareness.

- James F. White, Introduction to Christian Worship, (Abingdon Press, 1980), as quoted in Don Hustad's Jubilate II: Church Music in Worship and Renewal, (Hope, 1993).


CHIP'S THOUGHTS

Reality at its deepest level! Responding to an awareness of God! How can we so often take worship so lightly?

Have a great week!


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Stott on Form and Freedom

Today's Worship Quote speaks to that delicate balance between form and freedom when it comes to planning and leading worship.

FORM AND FREEDOM
Now public worship is a vital part of the life of the local church. It is even essential to its identity. Yet in the interest of "spontaneity" worship services often lack both content and form . . . . Most churches could afford to give more time and trouble to the preparation of their worship. It is a mistake to imagine either that freedom and form exclude one another, or that the Holy Spirit is the friend of freedom in such a way as to be the enemy of form.

-John Stott, in The Gospel and the End of Time, InterVarsity Press, 1991, page 124, as collected in Authentic Christianity: From the Writings of John Stott, compiled by Timothy Dudley-Smith, InterVarsity Press, 1995.


CHIP'S THOUGHTS

I usually vote for "planned spontaneity" - a service that is very carefully and thoroughly planned, but one in which the plan does not rigidly dictate everything that transpires.

Have a great week!

Tozer on Unity

One hundred worshipers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.
— A. W. Tozer
The Pursuit of God
By A. W. Tozer

Chip's Thoughts:

He served as the pastor of Chicago's Southside Alliance Church from 1928 to 1959. He never went to be a Bible school, seminary or university, but his many writings consistently direct the reader's attention to the amazing God who desires our love, devotion and worship. Today's WORSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK is another from the pen of A. W. Tozer. 

That says something about our constant discussions (sometimes quarrels) over worship styles and preferences. 

Lord, protect us from any "unity" that would dull our vision of your glory.


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