The Worship Quote of the Week for (06/04/2002):

Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is one that tries to identify the starting place of
Christian worship. Author Patrick Kavanaugh is Executive Director of the
Christian Performing Artists’ Fellowship.

It is important to see that true worship is not dependent on external actions. 1. It is possible for Christians to worship while doing ordinary tasks
(washing dishes).
2. It is possible for Christians NOT to worship while doing activities
strongly related to worship (singing at church, praying).

Let us start with the lowest common denominator. That is, what must always
occur for anyone to worship the Lord? The answer is a "consciousness of

—Patrick Kavanaugh, WORSHIP—A WAY OF LIFE, Grand Rapids: Chosen Books, 2001,
p. 37. ISBN 0-8007-9292-0

[Another WQOTW that has a slightly different spin on this question of
"starting place" for worship can be found at]

Have a great week!

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky