Saturday, September 1, 2018

Clinging to who God is

Marva Dawn on worship via Ponder Anew:
.... [L]et us all together always be asking this basic question: Do our efforts in worship lead to genuine praise of God and the growth of character in the members and the whole body of this Christian community?… Out of concern for character formation, churches must think very carefully in planning the liturgy. We must not ask, ‘Is this liturgy attractive?’ but always, ‘What kind of character does this nurture?’ Does our liturgy focus on feelings rather than on God’s character, which evokes those feelings?’ If so, it will nurture a faith that depends on emotions rather than a faith that can cling to who God is in spite of human experiences of sorrow or estrangement. .... (emphasis added)