Saturday, April 21, 2007

Please forget about the church service; really!

Here is an interesting quote from C.S. Lewis.

Every service is a structure of acts and words through which we receive a sacrament or repent or supplicate or adore. And it enables us to do these things best - if you like, it 'works' best - when, through long familiarity, we don't have to think about it. As long as you notice, and have to count the steps, you are not yet dancing but only learning to dance. A good shoe is a shoe you don't notice. Good reading becomes possible when you need not consciously think about eyes, or light, or print, or spelling. The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of, our attention would have been on God.

Maybe in our attempt to have interesting worship services, we run the risk of drawing attention away from God and onto the service itself. This is something I pray that we never do at Cornerstone. Although I do not believe that our services should be boring, they should never become a show. They should never be so grand or foul that they divide our attention from the true Object of our worship.