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

" 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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