Worship is when you’re aware that what you’ve been given is far greater than what you can give. Worship is the awareness that were it not for his touch, you’d still be hobbling and hurting, bitter and broken. Worship is the half-glazed expression on the parched face of a desert pilgrim as he discovers that the oasis is not a mirage.
Worship is the “thank you” that refuses to be silenced.
We have tried to make a science out of worship. We can’t do that. We can’t do that any more than we can “sell love” or “negotiate peace.”
Worship is a voluntary act of gratitude offered by the saved to the Savior, by the healed to the Healer, and by the delivered to the Deliverer.
–Max Lucado, In the Eye of the Storm (Word Publishing, 1991)
The Lord’s Supper by definition is a corporate activity. We can pray alone,
study the Bible alone, even sing along; but Communion is something we
partake in together. It is a defining act of the body of Christ (see Acts
2:42). As Gordon Smith puts it in his little book entitled A Holy Meal: The
Lord’s Supper in the Life of the Church:
“We can so easily come to feel that we need no one. Our social context
encourages us to make our own choices, live our own lives, and engage with
others only when we think they have something to offer us. This is not a
Christian spirituality. Further, it is an approach to life that does not
foster true engagement with God or truly enable us to experience the full
grace of being a Christian. . . . Nothing so effectively mitigates against
the propensity toward individual autonomy within our culture and within
Western Christianity as the Lord’s Supper. This meal is a means by which we
see, feel, and taste that we are in this together. We need one another. We
depend on one another. Together we will know God and grow in faith, hope,
and love.” (10-11)