Let What We Do In Here Fill the Streets Out There
I am reading Worship and Mission After Christendom by Alan and Eleanor Kreider for one of my classes. I have enjoyed the book so far, but I was particularly struck last night by something I read:
People asked questions, “Why do you…?” And the Christian answer, stated by Bishop Cyprian during the great plague of 251, was that the Christians were doing in life what they have learned in worship.
These days, there is a great deal of effort put into creating the Sunday morning service: practices, sermon preparation, lining up volunteers, making bulletins, etc. While all this is key to making the Sunday morning experience happen, from time to time we need to stop and remember what it is that we are truly attempting to do.
What does YOUR congregation do as a result of what they have learned in worship?