Saturday, March 13, 2004

[Very] Briefly About Worship

Winter 2004

Psalm 22:3

But Thou art holy, O Thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel KJV

Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel. NASB

"...to glorify God and fully to enjoy God forever!"

Christian worship needs to reflect and embody well God's incarnation in Christ Jesus; worship is about enthroning God on our praises; and biblical worship supremely is about God's self-giving to the church, the called-out assembly of the people of God, God's self-giving in Word and Sacrament, reflecting God's ultimate gift of Godself in Jesus of Nazareth.

In my liturgy class we had a chance to design our essential worship space. Mine was the most minimal; here's what I included:
  • a gathering place

  • a place of the Word

  • one table

  • one font

  • a name for the community
Today I'd also insist on:
  • a cross

  • windows open to the world

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