We do not as much go to church to worship as journey there to continue our worship in company with brothers and sisters as a local manifestation of the gathered body of Christ.
—Harold Best, “Traditional Hymn-Based Worship,” in Exploring the Worship Spectrum : 6 Views, 60
We are not in a worship war. Well, yes we are, but not the one some commentators like to refer to. There is only one worship war, and it is between God and Satan, each the supreme object of someone’s worship, either redeemed or lost. We are self-absorbed when we use the “war” word as a working term for the petty and overly self-indulgent skirmishes that we enter, almost always over transient, not eternal things.
–Harold Best, “Traditional Hymn-Based Worship,” in Exploring the Worship Spectrum: 6 Views, 60
Word must always precede, and also create, sacrament and praise, confession and blessing.
—Paul F. M. Zahl, “Formal-Liturgical Worship,” in Exploring the Worship Spectrum: 6 Views, 34
Even as the gathered assembly was a visible symbol of unity, the sound of singing is an audible symbol of unity.
—Constance Cherry, The Music Architect, 221
Pastoral musicians must learn to love the sound of a singing congregation above any other musical sound.
—Charles Gardner, “Ten Commandments for Those Who Love the Sound of a Singing Congregation,” in The Singing Assembly, 103 (quoted in Constance Cherry, The Music Architect, 212)
As much as I love music . . . we have placed far too much faith in it and not nearly enough in the power of the Word, the authority and sweep of fearless prophecy and earnest, yet hope-filled, intercessory prayer. I have often wondered what would happen if we got music out of the way, especially in its upfront dress, and spent abundant time in interceding prayer, reading and searching the Scriptures, sitting in silence, prophesying and perhaps only then singing and making music.
—Harold M. Best, Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts, 140
In the New Testament the Church emerges as a worshiping community, constituted by the New Covenant. . . . [It] is most itself when it is engaged in worship.
—William Nicholls, Jacob’s Ladder: The Meaning of Worship, 22