The Worship Quote of the Week for (07/13/2004):

Restless Hearts Find Rest in God
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is a fifth-century prayer of adoration from THE CONFESSIONS of Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo in Northern Africa.

You are great, Lord, and greatly to be praised. Great is your power, and of your wisdom there is no end. And man, who is part of what you have created, desires to praise you. Yes, even though he carries his mortality wherever he goes, as the proof of his sin and the testimony of your justice, man desires to praise you. For you have stirred up his heart so that he takes pleasure in praising you. You have created us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.

— Augustine of Hippo (354-430). THE HARPERCOLLINS BOOK OF PRAYERS, comp. by Robert van de Weyer (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1993), p. 43. As collected in BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH: PRAYERS AND REFLECTIONS THAT CELEBRATE AN INTIMATE GOD, compiled and edited by Ken Gire (New York: HarperCollins, 1997), p. 72. ISBN 0-06-063046-9.

Have a great week,

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

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