The Worship Quote of the Week for (09/22/1998):

Shape of Creation
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is another from Eugene Peterson's book ANSWERING GOD, a
wonderful study of how to use the Psalms as tools for prayer. Peterson is
Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British

Prayer recovers the shape of our creation. We are created in "the image of
God." We are declared, on the authority of Genesis, "good." We, and everyone
and everything around us have this basic beauty, this wondrous goodness. But
we very often don't feel at all good. We do not perceive ourselves "in the
image of God." We are conscious of failure and inadequacy; we experience
criticism and rejection; we feel lousy. The memory of our good creation is
obscured in a thick fog of failure and inadequacy.

Prayer is a reentry into the reality of our good creation. The Psalms, all
spoken out of this ordered and purposed beauty, activate our memories of
creation. Always the Genesis milieu is implicit; sometimes it is explicit.
When we pray the Psalms we consciously enter the reality of our good creation.

Our lives are bracketed by God: "O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is thy name in
all the earth!" is the first last line of both Psalm 8 and of our lives.
Within the brackets-and there is nothing that is not within the brackets-our
creation takes place.

HarperCollins Publishers, 1989.

[SPECIAL INVITIATION: Anyone who is within a reasonable drive of Chapel Hill,
North Carolina, is invited and encouraged to join us for Max McLean's one-man
dramatic presentation of GENESIS. The free performance will be this Sunday
evening, September 27, 7:00pm, at the Chapel Hill Bible Church. Max McLean,
president of Fellowship for the Performing Arts, is an accomplished actor who
uses his considerable dramatic skills to bring the scriptures to life. For
more information on GENESIS, you may consult our web site at <>.]

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Pastor of Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina