To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Monday, March 1, 2010

Thoughts in My Head

Earlier today I read an article on worship. A blog post really, where the author shared her own struggle to understand what it is. And there's been some flack lately because of the amount of liturgy in our worship service. A lot has been said that worship is squelched...emotion is denounced and it is too intellectual leading to a cold and sterile service.

I could not possibly agree less.
Yesterday, voices rang out in joyful song...hymns and Psalms giving voice to praise pure and true. Collectively we confessed our dependence upon His mercy, confessing our need for His grace as a body and as individuals. There is such strengthening that happens because of this. Finally, we answered in joyful unity,
"Church, what do we believe?"
We believe the Apostles Creed.
We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord.
Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and was born of a virgin, Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, was buried, and on the third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into Heaven, where He sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From Heaven he shall come to earth again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, one holy catholic church, the communion of all true saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the gift of everlasting life.
How can we not worship when, as a unity and fellowship, we are declaring such Truths...such life-giving, life-affirming Truths? I was convicted and comforted at the same time. Humbled and embolden at one and the same moment.
A paradox for sure. A beautiful, glorious paradox.


Nancy Wilson said...

Amen and amen!

Barbara H. said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! It's nice to meet you!

I appreciated this. Some people think having a form of worship or liturgy squelches worship, but there's nothing wrong with the form as long as the heart is in it. How can anyone say those words with understanding and not worship? Great post.