The success of worship is not measured by its entertainment values, nor is its success the sole responsibility of its leaders. Protestant worship is a communal activity that requires the active engagement of the worshipers themselves. Persons who sit passively waiting for worship to happen to them are likely to be disappointed. Each Christian must practice the disciplines of meditation and prayer for him- or herself.
—Daniel Frankforter, Stones for Bread: A Critique of Contemporary Worship, 183
The focus of worship is not human experience, not a lecture, not entertainment, but Jesus Christ His life, death, and resurrection. Worship is a verb. It is not something done to us or for us, but by us.
—Robert Webber, Worship is a Verb
Worship is not merely time with a deistic god who winds us up and then sends us out on our own; we don’t enter worship for “top up” refueling to then leave as self-sufficient, autonomous actors. “In the conception of Christian praxis,” Ward notes, “there is no room for such a modern notion of self-sufficiency.” Instead, the biblical vision is one of co-abiding presence and participation (“I in you and you in me”).
—James K. A. Smith, Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works, 153