Foster on Worship and Discipline

This Worship Quote of the Week is from Richard Foster's The Celebration of Discipline.

Just as worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience. If worship does not propel us into greater obedience, it has not been worship. To stand before the Holy One of eternity is to change. Resentments cannot be held with the same tenacity when we enter his gracious light. As Jesus says, we need to leave our gift at the altar and go set the matter straight (Matthew 5:23, 24). In worship, an increased power steals its way into the heart sanctuary, an increased compassion grows in the soul. To worship is to change.

- Foster, Richard J. The Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. San Francisco, CA: Harper One, 1988, 173.

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Dudley-Smith on Christ's Enfolding Love

Today's Worship Quote is a poem on the theme of Christian experience and discipleship. I think it would make a good benediction.

May the love of Christ enfold us
    as we walk his way,
his eternal arms uphold us
    even as we pray;
strong in faith beneath his blessing,
every tongue his Name confessing,
every heart his peace possessing,
    this and every day.

May the word of Christ direct us
    as we walk his way,
and his providence protect us
    even as we pray.
May his Spirit's power defend us,
love and joy and peace attend us,
his companionship befriend us,
    this and every day.

May the living Christ renew us
    as we walk his way,
and with gifts of grace endue us
    even as we pray;
send us forth, his banner bearing,
all the truth of God declaring,
Heaven's love for sinners sharing,
    this and every day.

-Timothy Dudley-Smith, from Great is the Glory: 36 New Hymns written between 1993 & 1996, Hope Publishing Company, 1997.

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Here's what the hymn writer says about this poem:
"Though the text is a prayer for ourselves and our own daily walk, it began from thoughts of thankfulness and the desire to write a 'litany of thankfulness' - a task which still lies ahead of me. Note that along with the request that we may know Christ's enfolding, upholding, directing, protecting, defending, befriending, goes the call to mission - 'his Name confessing,' (verse 1), while verse 4 calls us to witness, proclamation and service 'this and every day.'"

May the love of Christ enfold you this and every day.

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St. Richard of Chichester's Thirteenth Century Prayer

Today's Worship Quote of the Week is the prayer of St. Richard of Chichester. One can easily see that "Day by Day," the familiar song from the musical Godspell, is based on this ancient prayer.

Thanks be to Thee my Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits which Thou hast given me;
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me. 
O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
May I know Thee more clearly;
Love Thee more dearly;
And follow Thee more nearly. Amen.

- St. Richard of Chichester (1197-1253), who was Bishop of Chichester from 1245 to 1253.

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