The Vicar’s Column
This week we consider the Spiritual Discipline of Worship. If we take the first commandment seriously, then worship must have priority in our lives. Richard Foster proclaims, “Worship is human response to divine initiative.” To worship is “to experience the resurrected Christ in the midst of the gathered community. It is … being invaded by the Shekinah of God.” (Celebration of Discipline, 138) When the people of God are gathered together for worship in one accord, we are invaded by the glory of God. There is a divine interpenetration; a deep inward fellowship in the power of the Spirit. Worship begins in holy expectancy and ends in obedience to respond to the call to service.
Of course, our “gathering” has necessarily taken a different form in recent weeks. We have been connecting virtually for our recorded Sunday services. The Ministry Team and Friday Prayer Group have also continued to pray together whilst apart. I believe the Spirit of God who unites us in corporate worship still moves among us as we come together to worship as the dispersed community of God in our homes. We are still One in Spirit. So, keep up the discipline. The temptation when viewing a screen is to regard ourselves as mere observers of the action rather than participants, so we need to remain actively engaged.
Pentecost is past and we have entered into the season known as “Ordinary Time” in the cycle of the Church year but may our worship be extra-ordinary.
Revd Dr Lisa Cornwell