Proclamation in public worship in New Testament times never consists of what we should call pure doctrine. It is always by the measure of the Apostles’ word none the less prophetic utterance, always a testimony in which the very person of the one who testifies is involved; it is utterance which thus attempts to interpret the present situation with the authority of the Spirit.
—Eduard Schweizer, “Worship in the NT,” Reformed and Presbyterian World 24:5 (March 1957): 202
Christ is our Mediator not only in that He once reconciled us to God and gained for us grace and salvation, but in this sense that He evermore lives on with God, as Head of the Church as our Advocate. To Him the faithful belong but, as they proudly confess, He is now elevated to the right hand of God.
—Josef A. Jungmann, The Place of Christ in Liturgical Prayer, 135
Worship is not some escape from “the work week.” To the contrary, our worship rituals train our hearts and aim our desires toward God and his kingdom so that, when we are sent from worship to take up our work, we do so with a habituated orientation toward the Lover of our souls.
—James K. A. Smith, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit, 187
Embedding our own households and families in the household of God at once decenters our tribe, with its tendency to become an idol, and simultaneously centers us in the only community that can sustain us: the Triune God.
—James K. A. Smith, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit, 125
Different modes of external worship are as the furrows of the field; the field is none the less one because of the marks of the plough.
—Charles Haddon Spugeon
“The congregation is the church’s first choir.”
The most important musical group in the church is the congregation.
When missionaries came to our lands they brought not only the seed of the Gospel, but their own plant of Christianity, flower pot included! So, what we have to do is to break the flower pot, take out the seed of the Gospel, sow it in our own cultural soil, and let our own version of Christianity grow.
—D.T. Niles (1908-1970), from Sri Lanka