Thursday, January 22, 2009

What is 'Worship'?

David Burke has posted a list of description of 'Worship'. In addition, I've come out with a few:

  • Worship is the public praxis of informing the world of what the world really is, and should be.

  • Worship is a self-transcending action that locates the worshiper within the line of tradition of Christians from past generations to future ones. Constituting him/her within the apostolic/universal church, the body of Christ.

  • Worship is a socio-political symbol act out to the society and government, indicating the existent of a higher polity in the world.

  • Worship is a warrant for the transmission of God's redemptive story from generation to generation.

  • Worship is a reminder of humans' essence as fallen creature on one hand; as redeemed saints on the other.

  • Finally, worship is something Christians do when they have nothing better to do... heee


Rubati said...

“Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God.

It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness,

Nourishment of mind by His truth,
Purifying of imagination by His beauty,

Opening of the heart to His love,
And submission of will to his purpose.

And all this gathered up in adoration is the greatest of human expressions of which we are capable.”

Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple, 1942-1944

There's something about ABCs that makes them so brilliant...

Sze Zeng said...

Amen, Rubati. The current ABC Rowan Williams (peace be upon him) is a good example :D