The Worship Quote of the Week for (08/27/2002):

Corporate Worship
Author Douglas Wilson has assembled the calls to worship that were used in
his local congregation over the course of several years. Some are
exhortations to the worshippers; some are opening prayers; but all come from
a desire to prepare believers to worship our awesome and loving Heavenly
Father. In today’s WORSHIP QUOTE, Wilson attempts to make a comparison
between private and corporate worship. See what you think.

You intend this morning to worship the One in whom you have believed—as the
creed names Him, God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. But you
have come HERE in order to do this CORPORATELY.

As modern Americans, even when we don’t want to be, we find ourselves
thinking in subjectivist and individualistic categories. As you come week
after week, you must pray for your mind to be renewed so that you may see
just how important the corporate worship of God is—far more important than
your quiet time, and honestly, far more important than all our quiet times
put together. The worship of the Church is far greater than the sum of its
individual parts.

Both are important, but we must come to treasure our times with Him alone.
But this may sound offensive at first, but think and meditate on it— and
worship Him together with His people.

The LORD loveth the gates of Zion
More than all the dwellings of Jacob.
Glorious things are spoken of thee,
O city of God! Selah.
(Psalm 87:2, 3)

Charles Nolan Publishers, 2000, p. 117. ISBN 0-9677603-1-3

[I imagine that the author is not wanting members of his congregation to cut
back on their individual devotional habits; but he is correctly pointing to
the importance of the local Christian church in prayer, song, attention to
God’s inspired word as it is read and explained, and regularly remembering
our Lord’s death until he comes again. For other selections from this book,
look under "Wilson" at the WQOTW index —]

Have a great week,

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