For Meyers, the term "missional worship" is about patterns of worship as
a form of participation in the mission of God, while "worshipful mission" is participation in God's mission in the world (p.
Sacramental Politics: Religious Worship as Political Action
There are seven chapters: religious worship as political rhetoric?; religious worship as partisan politics; religious worship as public policy promotion; religious worship as political messaging; religious worship as political space; religious worship as inherent political action; religious worship as politics.
Instead, contemplative worshipers see stillness in worship as
stillness in our spirits.
The Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer portrays the BCP and Anglican public worship as very much works in progress.
It and the new Oxford book follow a similar pattern-essays by eminent liturgical scholars outlining Anglican worship as it was and is becoming.
There was a time when we did not have the liberty to gather in Baptist churches and to worship as we felt led by God.
We celebrate the fact that we are free to worship as we feel led by God and that we are not under the control of the government or any other authority.
Of course, many other states officially recognize houses of worship as
being historic landmarks.
Yet there is a troubling disconnect between mind/spirit and epidermis in much traditional unprogrammed worship, a disconnect that often results in a casual dismissal of the ritual practice of other traditions as "mere" or "dead." What Augustine called "visible words"--the sacraments--are ordinarily rejected as "unnecessary," frivolous, or, in some cases, "impediments to faith." (5) Barclay speaks of worship as "being gathered from all visibles." (6) Color and texture, celebration and ceremony are painted over with a dull gray.
When liturgy is understood as more than simply the words or "mere ritual" but as a corporate practice of (re)enactment, (in)bodying, and (re)membering the community's formative story, then some attention must be given to worship as a kind of performance.
(27) Contemporary religious conservatives might well have seen Reformed worship as
a damnably cheapened mockery of the holiness of God, even as Protestants accused Catholics of superstition, deliberate ignorance, and blind subservience to fraudulent tradition.
This enables one to see worship as
part of the living encounter among Christians from various traditions.
The book's thesis, that God acts in worship to transform church and world, is sustained by the metaphor of worship as
a mighty river where God carries out Gods mission, "hike a river flowing to the sea, God's work of reconciliation, recorded in Scripture and accomplished in Christ, continues in the church's worship and through worship overflows into the world" (5).
The Christian Coalition, TV preacher Pat Robertson's ultra-conservative political group, is making an aggressive move into houses of worship as
part of a new, church-based strategy.