Shoe You Don't Notice
trouble others. It has to do with how comfortable you are with change? What
about when it means a change in your church's worship practice? The author is
C. S. Lewis.
A SHOE YOU DON'T NOTICE
"A good shoe is a shoe you don't notice. . . . The perfect church service
would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God.
But every novelty prevents this. It fixes our attention on the service itself;
and thinking about worship is a different thing from worshipping. . . . I can
make do with almost any kind of service whatever, if only it will stay put.
But if each form is snatched away just when I am beginning to feel at home in
it, then I can never make any progress in the art of worship."
- C. S. Lewis, LETTERS TO MALCOLM: CHIEFLY ON PRAYER, Harcourt Brace
Jovanovich, 1964. As quoted in AUTHENTIC WORSHIP IN A CHANGING CULTURE, by the
seven-member Worship Study Committee for the 1997 Synod of the Christian
Reformed Church, CRC Publications, 1997. For information, call 1-800-333-8300.
[What do you think? Is change unsettling or refreshing?]
Have a great week,