The Worship Quote of the Week for (08/21/2001):

Called to Worship
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is another that tries to get to the heart of biblical
worship. The author is John Bell.


CALLED TO WORSHIP
Whatever else God calls us to do, we are called to worship, to do so together
and to do so in the promised company of Jesus Christ. It is in worship that
our lives are expressed before God and informed and converted by Godís Word.
It is in worship, that through song, prayer, and preaching, our theology is
formed, our discipleship encouraged, and our spirits nourished. It is in
worship that we reach out to touch the hem of Christís garment and find that,
instead of touching the hem, we are being offered the grace of God by word of
mouth and gift of hand.

ó John Bell, in COMMON ORDER, Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press, 1993, p. ix. As
quoted in TO GLORIFY GOD: ESSAYS ON MODERN REFORMED LITURGY, Grand Rapids:
Eerdmans, 1999, p. 4. ISBN 0-8028-3863-4.


[Perhaps we should think of a call to worship not so much as a formal prayer
that is offered at the beginning of our Christian gatherings, but as the
purpose statement for lives that are fully aware of Godís mysterious ways and
his amazing offer of forgiveness and abundant life. In that sense, we are
all, indeed, created for worship and called to worship.

If this idea interests you, take a look at the way Harold Best says it
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Have a great week,


Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky
carlstam@aol.com
www.carlstam.org
www.sbts.edu