Sometimes, quotes are good, and I would screw them up if I added too much. So enjoy these.
From John Witvliet:
“Christian worship is a like a covenant-renewal service in which the gathered reaffirm the vows made with God in Christ. Guided by a liturgy, in a worship service, we renew the promises we make (and often failed to keep) to God, and we hear again the promises God has made (and kept!) in Christ. One legitimate, nourishing, robust, vital reason for assembling today is for nothing less than the renewal of the new covenant we have with God in Christ.”
He continues to clarify:
“The pastoral question we face is whether most people experience worship this way, or whether, in contrast, they really experience it as a meeting of a religious social club, or an educational forum, or a form of entertainment. Because these other kinds of events are common in our culture, we are bound to take our expectations for them into worship with us. In contrast, worshipers need to be challenged to see the worship event as a deeply participational, relational event, in which we are active listeners, speakers, promise-receivers, and promise-givers.”
Oh, that God would grant us eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to understand, that we are called in to a deeply participational kind (both with God and each other) of service where we actively listen and speak, and receive and make promises and oaths. Amen!