Hustad on a Definition of Worship

"Worship is the expression of the Christian believer's relationship with God. However that relationship is very complex, since God is at one and the same time our Creator, Redeemer (through Jesus Christ), Sustainer, Indweller (by the Holy Spirit), Friend, and Judge. It helps to remember that we approach God individually as a created one, a redeemed one, a sustained one, an indwelt one, a befriended one, and a judged one."

-Don Hustad, in Jubilate II: Church Music in Worship and Renewal, Chapter 5, "The Nature of Christian Worship in Relation to Its Musical Expression," Hope Publishing Co., 1993.

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Martin on Defining Worship

Back to definitions of "worship." Today's WORSHIP QUOTE comes from Ralph Martin's book Worship in the Early Church.

Worship in the Early Church
By Ralph P. Martin

Worship is a noble word. The term comes into our modern speech from the Anglo-Saxon weorthscipe. This later developed into worthship, and then worship. It means "to attribute worth" to an object. We use the word loosely when we say of a man, "He worships his money," or his car, or his golf clubs. A deeper meaning is found in the honorific title, "His Worship the Mayor," by which we dignify the first citizen of our town or city as a person who deserves special esteem and respect. In the Marriage Service of the Book of Common Prayer, the prospective husband's promise is "With my body I thee worship" - a pledge of utter loyalty and devotion to his bride, who is worthy of this, in his eyes. If we may elevate this thought to the realm of divine-human relationships, we have a working definition of the term worship ready-made for us. To worship God is to ascribe to him supreme worth, for He alone is worthy.

- Ralph P. Martin, Worship in the Early Church, chapter 1 "The Church – A Worshipping Community," Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1974 revised edition.

Take a few moments and think what it means "to ascribe to Him supreme

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Temple on the Definition of Worship

Have you ever tried to come up with a one-sentence definition of worship? Here's one by a noted English cleric of the last century.

To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.

-William Temple (1881-1944), Archbishop of Canterbury from 1942 to 1944.


Holy Lord, quicken my conscience, feed my mind, purge my imagination, and open my heart to your love as I devote my will to your purpose. Amen!

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