Forgetting the Corporate in Worship

Free-church Protestants have made worship almost entirely a place of devotional prayer.  In other words, we come to worship expecting a subjective, emotional, and individual experience of God’s presence.  We are looking for intimacy with God, and meanwhile the other people nearby—well, they’re doing the same thing for themselves.  We wind up having personal devotions together in the same room.

—Debra and Ron Rienstra, Worship Words: Discipling Language for Faithful Ministry, 51

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