Before there was a command to love God, there was the revelation, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.” There is no truth, no validity in our worship if the one we worship is not the true and living Creator and Redeemer.
—Garry D. Nation, “The Essentials of Worship: Toward a Biblical Theology of Worship,” Journal of the American Academy of Ministry 5.3 & 4 (Winter-Spring 1997): 6-7
Thanksgiving is often thought of as simply one form of prayer. Yet it underlies every form. Praise is always a thankful response for God’s grace. Confession gratefully presumes God’s acceptance, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Intercession asks for others what one has thankfully received for oneself. Petitionary prayer is but a grateful response to God’s mercies in the past. (Psalm 75:1; 92:1; 105:1-5; 106:1-2; 107:1-9; 136; Phil. 4:6; Col. 3:16-17)
Thanksgiving is at the heart of Christian worship. All we do in worship is essentially give thanks to God for our creation and re-creation in Jesus Christ.
The basic unit of meaning on Sunday morning is not the sermon but the service.
—Marva Dawn, Reaching Out without Dumbing Down, 215
[Our] plan is to follow the example of the prophets and the ancient fathers of the church, and to compose psalms for the people [in the ] vernacular, that is, spiritual songs, so that the Word of God may be among the people also in the form of music.
Americans are so little accustomed to quiet in their world that they mistake it for the absence of significant activity.
—Daniel Frankforter, Stones for Bread: A Critique of Contemporary Worship, 171