Frederick Beuchner (1926-2022) wrote:
“Phrases like worship service and service of worship are tautologies (meaning or saying the same thing in different words). To worship God means to serve God. Basically there are two ways to do it. One way is to do things for God that God needs to have done… run errands for God, carry messages for God, fight on God’s side, feed God’s lambs and so on. The other way is to do things for God that you need to do… sing songs for God, create beautiful things for God, give things up for God, tell God what’s on your mind and in your heart, in general rejoice in God and make a fool of yourself for God the way lovers have always made fools of themselves for the one they love.
A Quaker meeting, a pontifical High Mass, the family service at Zion Episcopal, a Holy Roller happening… unless there is an element of joy and foolishness in the proceedings, the time would be better spent doing something useful.” (From: ‘Wishful Thinking’)
I’m thinking there is a worship atmosphere over on my side of the Pond. I’m headed over for Cuban Coffee and Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce and let worship overtake me and spin me around while I make a fool out of myself.
“You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men. You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition!” Jesus