Every so often I feel the need to remind the world of Søren Kierkegaard and his great little book, Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing.
In this book, Kierkegaard points out that we often think of worship as a stage performance: the congregation is the audience, the minister up on stage is the actor, and God is standing just offstage feeding the minister his or her lines.
But that’s not quite right, says Kierkegaard!
In worship, it is the congregation that is up on stage with the minister whispering their lines to them. Seated in the audience taking the whole thing in, is, of course, God.
While the game of musical chairs Kierkegaard plays with our roles in worship is clever, I think it also happens to be true.
Worship isn’t a Broadway production meant to be just watched. Worship is a time when we come together to hear lines whispered to us that we may take them, make them our own, and speak them into the world with both our lips and our lives.
May we all strive to get two thumbs up for our performance!
Tom Hathaway, Pastor