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Wednesday, October 08, 2008
A Quote and a Query
Worship should do God’s narrative and point to the future when creation, delivered from sin, will be restored to God’s original design. In this world there is always a witness to the restoration of the world, and you should be able to find it in the worship of the church.

Robert E. Webber, Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God’s Narrative. (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2008), 60.

Now think of the last worship gathering you participated in. Did this happen? How?
posted by John David Walt | at 10/08/2008 09:52:00 AM

 

2 Comments:

OpenID liturgicsjay said...

I think it is there implicitly, but it is not as bold as I would like. As a musician in a prayer book tradition perhaps I can take up the proleptic/eschatological mantle a bit with our singing.
Most of our post-table prayers and songs are mission-oriented: this is ideal. But, maybe we need some remedial teaching that envisions the church as being a sign of the eschaton. And maybe this new reality of "remembering into the future" (Mark Searle) could be the essence and driving force of our mission. Don't know. . . .

10:14 PM EDT  
Anonymous John D. Palmer said...

Worship should "do" God's narrative.

Reflecting on the last worship service I participated in. . .last night. . .at Wesley our service is called "Into the Light".

In reflection. . .I have to say . . .I don't know.

What does it look like to "do" God's narrative? What elements have to be present? How does the "doing" take place?

Before I can answer "if" it happened I think I need to know what Webber is qualifying as acts of doing.

We prayed. We sang songs of Praise.
King of Glory,(Tomlin)
Be Glorified,
Here is Our King,
Your Love Oh Lord,

We Greeted one another and exchanged sign's of reconciliation.

We made announcements about the going's on of ministry.

Scripture was read.

Psalm 33

Sermon
Images of God from our earliest memories to present. The images of God found in the Scripture selection. The notion of being connected to God and Being Known, Created and Present with God.

Time of reflection

There's a Stirring,
Big House

Sending Forth.

Did we "Do" God's narrative?

How?

If not, how should we?

6:47 PM EDT  

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