Forms of Worship
and content in our acts of Christian worship. How soon we forget! The author
is music professor and worship leader, Barry Liesch.
FORMS OF WORSHIP
We often confuse form with spirituality. Worshiping a certain way or in a
certain style doesn't make us spiritually superior. True, the content in
forms can encourage us to pursue maturity in Christ, but the forms themselves
don't make us spiritual. . . . It is unfair (and dangerous!) to equate
spirituality with any form. . . .Ultimately, the Spirit of God must animate
ANY form with his presence and power if we are to experience authentic
worship. We are dependant on God, not forms.
- Barry Liesch, in THE NEW WORSHIP: STRAIGHT TALK ON MUSIC AND THE CHURCH,
Chapter 1 "Hymns or Choruses?" Baker Books, 1996, pp. 20-21.
[Lord, show us your ways. Lead us to a spirituality that is authentically
connected to you. May your Holy Spirit be our worship teacher. May your
greater glory be our aim and delight. We pray this in the name of the risen
Have a great week,
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary