Christian worship gives all glory and honor, praise and thanksgiving to the holy, triune God. We are gathered in worship to glorify the God who is present and active among us—particularly through the gifts of Word and Sacrament. We are sent out in service to glorify the same God who is present and active in the world. (Directory for Worship – 1.0101)
Dear Fellow Followers of the Way:
Several people have made comments to me about the Communion liturgies we have been using in May and June. Most of the comments have been positive and people have liked the interactive nature of the congregational responses, particularly in song. When Mark Ball spoke about liturgy a few weeks ago as the work of the people, it reminded me of Soren Kierkegaard’s metaphor of theater.
Kierkegaard asserts that the members of the congregation are the performers and the pastors, choir, liturgists, and other worship leaders are the prompters reminding the performers of their lines. In this metaphor, Kierkegaard places God as the audience, and to an extent that is true, however, God is present and active in our worship. Worship is a time for all of us to give praise and glory to God and it is an opportunity to encounter the divine presence.
I invite you this summer to come to worship ready to work. Join in the work of the people and participate in the rituals of worship. This is a way that we set aside time to serve God, to take seriously our understanding of the “priesthood of all believers.” Come to worship understanding that the word worship is a verb, it is an action. Worship of God is something that no one can do for you and it is best done together.
See you on Sunday!!