Martin's book WORSHIP IN THE EARLY CHURCH.
DEFINING the TERM "WORSHIP"
Worship is a noble word. The term comes into our modern speech from the
Anglo-Saxon WEORTHSCIPE. This later developed into WORTHSHIP, and then
WORSHIP. It means "to attribute worth" to an object. We use the word loosely
when we say of a man, "He worships his money," or his car, or his golf clubs.
A deeper meaning is found in the honorific title, "His Worship the Mayor," by
which we dignify the first citizen of our town or city as a person who
deserves special esteem and respect. In the Marriage Service of the Book of
Common Prayer, the prospective husband's promise is "With my body I thee
worship" - a pledge of utter loyalty and devotion to his bride, who is worthy
of this, in his eyes. If we may elevate this thought to the realm of
divine-human relationships, we have a working definition of the term WORSHIP
ready-made for us. TO WORSHIP GOD IS TO ASCRIBE TO HIM SUPREME WORTH, for He
alone is worthy.
- Ralph P. Martin, WORSHIP IN THE EARLY CHURCH, chapter 1 "The Church - A
Worshipping Community," Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1974 revised edition.
[Take a few moments and think what it means "to ascribe to Him supreme
Have a great week,