Shoe You Don't Notice
varied writings of C. S. Lewis, 1898-1963. This is the year we celebrate the
centenary of his birth. Today's quote is one that will please some of you and
trouble or challenge others. It has to do with CHANGE. How comfortable are you
with change? What if it means a change in your church's worship practice?
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,
Pastor of Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina