July 2016

The How of Worship

When we come to worship and find that there is something that doesn't speak to us, doesn't reveal God to us and may even annoy us, we have to remember that what is bothering us may very well be blessing the person sitting next to us. And who are we to take away that blessing?

The When and Where of Worship

Worship happens when and where the curtains that are closing us off from the Holy One are torn in two. Celtic Christians had a name for special places of divine encounter. They called them "thin places." They had a saying that heaven and earth are only three feet apart, but in thin places that distance is even smaller.

The Who of Worship

Now both of these stories say the same thing: first the healing, then the worship. And it makes me wonder whether we in the church don't have everything backwards. We have always tried to get people to come to worship so that they can experience God's healing, when the Bible suggests that it really happens the other way around. People have to encounter God before they can worship God. We have to experience healing on some level in our lives before we can praise God, from whom all blessings flow.