The Third “Great End of the Church”
The maintenance of divine worship
In the midst of our proclamation and practice of the faith,
the one thing that perhaps rises above all the “great ends”
is the reminder of whose business we are about…God’s.
And the one thing we are offered
as springboard for our proclamation and practice,
and as restoration of our power to proclaim and practice the faith,
is our gathering in worship of the God of our faith.
In worship, I AM calls us to stop what we are doing
so we can better listen and learn from our Creator/Redeemer/Sustainer
to be reminded who we are and whose we are.
In worship, we enter a personal space to reencounter God
and rediscover God in each other.
In worship, we remember and rehear the words that lead us to the Word and
we are re-membered into the one Body of Christ
whose many parts God employs into service.
In worship, we gather around the font to re-celebrate our baptism, and
we gather around the Table to taste and see that God is good.
In worship, we gather to sing the faith that is beyond word’s ability to speak.
In worship, we gather in reunion with our church family and
learn to welcome with hospitality those who are looking for family.
In worship, we gather to be equipped to scatter… the very rhythm of life in Christ.
In the list of all the things that demand and consume
our time and energy and commitment,
there is perhaps no other one thing that better gives
to those who are ready to receive than worship…
daily worship through our own spiritual disciplines and
corporate worship through our weekly spiritual discipline.
What better way to start the week than enfolded in the family of faith that
gathers, hears, sings, prays, gives back, and then
is sent forth to worship through our service!