A call to worship

by Kim on August 29, 2010

Why are we here?

We are not here to “do a bunk” from the world.
We are not here to “get in touch with our ‘inner selves’”.
We are not here to “recharge our batteries”.
And God help us if we are here to “make a deal” with God:
“Lord, if you do this for me, then I’ll do that for you.”

Why are we here?

We are here because the world is not right,
because we are not right,
and because we are angry about injustice,
sad about suffering,
and ashamed of ourselves.

Why are we here?

We are here because God so loves the world
that he is making it right,
turning it into a new creation;
and because God so loves us
that he is making us right.
turning us into a new people,
making us like Jesus:
faithful, truthful, peaceful, hopeful.
Paul writes: “For those who are in Christ, the whole universe is new”
(II Corinthians 5:17).

We are here because God, in his grace, has called us here.
What else could we do but come?
With gratitude and joy, in the Holy Spirit, let us worship God!

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Tony Buglass 08.29.10 at 3:19 pm

Amen!

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Will Grady 08.29.10 at 4:52 pm

Amen, indeed. Thanks, Kim!

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Earl 08.29.10 at 5:26 pm

Thank you for a useful post.

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Richard 08.29.10 at 9:16 pm

Ditto the above. That’s good.

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Pam 08.30.10 at 2:47 am

This is a wonderful piece of writing. To those of us who feel “called” what else to do but worship. I can’t help but think of those who don’t believe, or can’t believe, I hope we are here for them too.

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Kim 08.30.10 at 8:26 am

That’s a good and important point, Pam. Worship is a vicarious activity: we are here for those who are not here. I hope that is implicit in the lines about God loving the world and turning it into a new creation, along with the quote from II Corinthians 5:17 in which I’ve tried to make the point again (in my own translation) with the different (and perhaps, to some, “bigger”) word universe. And of course our hope is that those who are not here will be drawn by God to be here.

Still, a variation on this call to worship might rightly include some lines like: “We are here for those who are not here / and we pray that some of them might soon be here with us.”

So thanks.

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Tony Buglass 08.30.10 at 9:59 am

“we are here for those who are not here.”

Fits with the idea of the priesthood of all believers. We represent the world to God and God to the world. Diagrammatically, that could be shown as us standing between the two, reaching out in both directions. Then we realise that God is not separate from his world, but in it, so the diagram changes fundamentally. To find God, we need to be immersed in his world. At the same time, God is not contained by his world, so we need to surface from time to time to be aware of the beyondness of God. Worship begins to look like the breathing rhythm of the swimmer.

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dh 08.30.10 at 2:39 pm

I love this. I like what Pam said. We are for those who don’t or won’t believe. However, the sad thing is not all will accept Him. However, by sharing the Great Commission God through His Spirit draws those who are willing to come.

Kim, this line kind of summarizes what I said above, “We are here for those who are not here / and we pray that some of them might soon be here with us.”

Wow KIm, I totally love this post and all of the postings by the people. Tony’s post might be a little “philosophical” for me but after thinking about it for a while I liked a good portion of that too. :)

“Heaven and earth will pass away but My Word shall never pass away.”

Thank you so much for all of this guys and gal. God bless you all. :)

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Kim 08.30.10 at 4:05 pm

Jeez, Luke 13:29!

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dh 08.30.10 at 6:18 pm

Hey you all this is a side note. I have been trying to read Finney and Spurgeon (Charles’s) what are you all’s thoughts about these theologians?

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