The Worship Quote of the Week for (08/10/1999):

Wonder in Worship
Christian worship focuses on a God whose power and love are beyond measure
and description. Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is a short reflection on "wonder" in

Wonder is a deep, profound experience. The typical secular education of our
day makes us suspicious or callous to wonder. It seems so unscientific, so
unsophisticated, and ultimately, so seemingly unnecessary. So they say. But
to lose the sense of wonder is to lose one of the great beauties of life.
Worship, on the other hand, exercises our sense of wonder. It helps us see
things and hear things and feel things, that not everyone recognizes.
Worship, in essence, is wonderful.

- Hughes Oliphant Old, in "Enter into His Courts with Praise: Worship Fills
Us with Wonder," WORSHIP LEADER , Vol. 8, No. 4, July/August 1999. For
subscription information, contact 800-286-8099. Hughes Oliphant Old,
formerly pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in West Lafayette, Indiana,
currently teaches worship at Princeton Theological Seminary.

[Indeed, our magnificent God is wonderful; and may our worship of Him be
wonder-full. One final comment on "wonder" from Calvin (not John Calvin):
"That's the whole problem with science. You've got a bunch of empiricists
trying to describe things of unimaginable wonder." - Calvin & Hobbes]

Have a great week,

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