Here, as promised, is a couple selections from a main text:
"We worship God because God created us to worship him. Worship is at the center of our existence, at the heart of our reason for being. God created us to be in his image-an image that would reflect his glory. In fact the whole creation was brought into existence to reflect the divine glory."Hughes Oliphant Old, "Worship Reformed According to Scripture" pg. 1
"If you listen carefully to current debates, you will encounter rhetoric that is strange for Reformed Christians. Here are some comments we have heard, none of which is terribly unusual:D.G. Hart and John R. Muether, "With Reverence and Awe" pg.11-12
These popular sentiments all remind us that there is significant confusion about the nature, purpose, and practice of worship. This confusion extends to the Reformed community, and it underscores the urgency of recovering a biblical view of worship.
- "I like a church thats is casual, where I know I can go and relax during worship"
- "I don't always enjoy my church's worship, but that's okay. I know it will be different next week."
- "I'm tired of the barrenness of worship-I'm looking for something with more beauty."
- "Worship is ultimately a matter of taste, and there is no accounting for that."
- "If there is one thing you can say about our worship, it's not boring!"