Augustine on Emotion

Today we have a Worship Quote within a Worship Quote, a fifth century comment about the power, emotion and truth of church music as presented in Don Hustad's recent Jubilate II. Read on!

EMOTION
The use of music as an expression of emotion linked to theological truth is common in all churches. In the evangelical traditions where personal religious experience is emphasized, emotional expression is one of music's most important meanings; it is probably that function which folks refer to when they identify "music that speaks to the heart."  But this is not a new experience for churchgoers. St. Augustine mentioned it in the fifth century.

"How greatly did I weep in thy hymns and canticles, deeply moved by the voice of thy sweet-speaking Church! The voices flowed into mine ears, and the truth was poured forth into my heart, whence the agitation of my piety overflowed, and my tears ran over, and blessed was I therein."

The emotional power of music is perhaps best realized in the life of the church when proper music is well coupled to appropriate text. (Note that Augustine joins emotion with truth!) In this union, the music dramatizes, underlines, "breathes life" into the words, resulting in more meaning than the words themselves could express.

St. Augustine (354-430) as quoted in Donald Hustad's Jubilate II: Church Music in Worship and Renewal, Chapter 2, "Church Music: A Functional Art," Hope Publishing Co., 1993.


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Dudley-Smith on Christ's Enfolding Love

Today's Worship Quote is a poem on the theme of Christian experience and discipleship. I think it would make a good benediction.

MAY THE LOVE OF CHRIST ENFOLD US
May the love of Christ enfold us
    as we walk his way,
his eternal arms uphold us
    even as we pray;
strong in faith beneath his blessing,
every tongue his Name confessing,
every heart his peace possessing,
    this and every day.

May the word of Christ direct us
    as we walk his way,
and his providence protect us
    even as we pray.
May his Spirit's power defend us,
love and joy and peace attend us,
his companionship befriend us,
    this and every day.

May the living Christ renew us
    as we walk his way,
and with gifts of grace endue us
    even as we pray;
send us forth, his banner bearing,
all the truth of God declaring,
Heaven's love for sinners sharing,
    this and every day.

-Timothy Dudley-Smith, from Great is the Glory: 36 New Hymns written between 1993 & 1996, Hope Publishing Company, 1997.

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All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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CHIP’S THOUGHTS

Here's what the hymn writer says about this poem:
"Though the text is a prayer for ourselves and our own daily walk, it began from thoughts of thankfulness and the desire to write a 'litany of thankfulness' - a task which still lies ahead of me. Note that along with the request that we may know Christ's enfolding, upholding, directing, protecting, defending, befriending, goes the call to mission - 'his Name confessing,' (verse 1), while verse 4 calls us to witness, proclamation and service 'this and every day.'"

May the love of Christ enfold you this and every day.


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Stam on Doxology

Today's Worship Quote of the Week is a word study and a short scripture passage.

DOXOLOGY: a hymn or form of words containing an ascription of praise to God [from the Greek doxo (praise) and logos (word)].

In Christian worship, we hear the word used in different ways:

Greater Doxology, or song of the angels:
"Gloria in excelsis Deo" (Glory to God in the highest)

Lesser Doxology:
"Gloria Patri" (Glory to the Father and to the Son…)

Metric Doxology:
"Praise God from whom all blessings flow."

The New Testament contains a number of hymns of praise to God including the Romans Doxology. We'll read these words of the Apostle Paul from two different English versions.

Romans Doxology: Romans 11:33-36 (from the NIV84)
Oh the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
"Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?" [quote from Isaiah 40:13]
"Who has ever given to God that God should repay him?" [quote from Job 41:11]
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be glory forever!
Amen!

[and...]

Romans Doxology: Romans 11:33-36 (from The Message)
Have you ever come on anything like this extravagant generosity of God, this
deep, deep wisdom? It's way over our heads. We'll never figure it out.

Is there anyone around who can explain God?
Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do?
Anyone who has done him such a huge favor that God has to ask his advice?

Everything comes from him;
Everything happens through him;
Everything ends up in him.
Always glory! Always praise!
Yes. Yes. Yes.


CHIP'S THOUGHTS

Maybe you ought to write your own doxology.

Have a great week!


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Martin on Defining Worship

Back to definitions of "worship." Today's WORSHIP QUOTE comes from Ralph Martin's book Worship in the Early Church.

Worship in the Early Church
By Ralph P. Martin

DEFINING the TERM "WORSHIP"
Worship is a noble word. The term comes into our modern speech from the Anglo-Saxon weorthscipe. This later developed into worthship, and then worship. It means "to attribute worth" to an object. We use the word loosely when we say of a man, "He worships his money," or his car, or his golf clubs. A deeper meaning is found in the honorific title, "His Worship the Mayor," by which we dignify the first citizen of our town or city as a person who deserves special esteem and respect. In the Marriage Service of the Book of Common Prayer, the prospective husband's promise is "With my body I thee worship" - a pledge of utter loyalty and devotion to his bride, who is worthy of this, in his eyes. If we may elevate this thought to the realm of divine-human relationships, we have a working definition of the term worship ready-made for us. To worship God is to ascribe to him supreme worth, for He alone is worthy.

- Ralph P. Martin, Worship in the Early Church, chapter 1 "The Church – A Worshipping Community," Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1974 revised edition.


Take a few moments and think what it means "to ascribe to Him supreme
worth."

Have a great week!


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Lewis on the Efficacy of Prayer

Here we have another Worship Quote of the Week on the topic of "prayer" from C. S. Lewis.

EFFICACY OF PRAYER
"Prayer is either a sheer illusion or a personal contact between embryonic, incomplete persons (ourselves) and the utterly concrete Person. Prayer in the sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of it; confession and penitence are its threshold, adoration its sanctuary, the presence and vision and enjoyment of God its bread and wine. In it God shows Himself to us. That He answers prayer is a corollary - not necessarily the most important one - from that revelation. What He does is learned from what He is."

- C. S. Lewis, "The Efficacy of Prayer," in The World's Last Night and Other Essays, 1959.


(Open Book) Quiz on the above Lewis quote:
1. Threshold of prayer = __________
2. Sanctuary of prayer = __________
3. Bread and wine of prayer = __________
4. Where can I spend some valuable time? __________

Have a great week!


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Chesterton on Desiring Less

Today's Worship Quote of the Week is a single verse and a short quote. Remember that one of the meanings of our word "worship" centers on the value or "worth" that we show for people or things or God.

DESIRING LESS
From Jesus' teaching (the Sermon on the Mount): "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." Matthew 6:24 (NIV)

And from the pen of G. K. Chesterton: "There are two ways to get enough; one is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less."


CHIP'S THOUGHTS

How does this translate into our worship life as Christians? If thoughts of material things command the greater part of our attention and energy, can we really be serving and worshiping the Master as we should? I find that as I ascribe worth and honor to our loving and sovereign God, he allows me to desire less of the distractions, less of the other gods. But the struggle for the throne continues.

Have a great week!


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St. Richard of Chichester's Thirteenth Century Prayer

Today's Worship Quote of the Week is the prayer of St. Richard of Chichester. One can easily see that "Day by Day," the familiar song from the musical Godspell, is based on this ancient prayer.

A THIRTEENTH-CENTURY PRAYER
Thanks be to Thee my Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits which Thou hast given me;
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me. 
O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
May I know Thee more clearly;
Love Thee more dearly;
And follow Thee more nearly. Amen.

- St. Richard of Chichester (1197-1253), who was Bishop of Chichester from 1245 to 1253.


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Dudley-Smith on the Lord of the Church

Today's Worship Quote of the Week is the middle stanza of another wonderful hymn text by Timothy Dudley-Smith. Perhaps these lines can help us focus our thoughts as we pray for God's blessing on our country and cities, communities and schools, churches and families. This hymn can be sung to the tune LONDONDERRY AIR (Danny Boy), but you have to put three notes on the word "serve" in the last line.

LORD OF THE CHURCH
Lord of the church, we seek a Father's blessing,
A true repentance and a faith restored,
A swift obedience and a new possessing,
Filled with the Holy Spirit of the Lord!
We turn to Christ from all our restless striving,
Unnumbered voices with a single prayer-
The living water for our soul's reviving,
In Christ to live, and love and serve and care.

-Timothy Dudley-Smith, from "Lord of the Church, We Pray for Our Renewing" (verse 2), 1976, as found in The Worshiping Church, Hope Publishing Company, 1991.

© 1991 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
For permission to copy or use this hymn, please contact:
Hope Publishing Company, 380 S. Main Place, Carol Stream, IL 60188
Phone:1-800-323-1049 Fax: (630) 665-3200
Email: permission@hopepublishing.com www.hopepublishing.com


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Luther on A Simple Way to Pray

This Worship Quote of the Week is from a treatise that Martin Luther wrote for his barber.

A SIMPLE WAY TO PRAY, FOR MASTER PETER, THE BARBER
"Finally, mark this, that you must always make the Amen strong, never doubting that God is surely listening to you with all grace and saying yes to your prayer. Remember that you are not kneeling or standing there alone, but that all Christendom, all devout Christians are standing there with you and you with them in one unanimous, united prayer which God cannot ignore. And never leave off praying without having said or thought: There now, this prayer has been heard by God; this I know of a certainty. That is what 'Amen' means."

 - Martin Luther, from Minister’s Prayer Book, edited by John W. Doberstein, Muehlenberg Press, no date, p.443.


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Augustine "Late Have I Loved You"

Today's Worship Quote Of The Week comes from the quill of St. Augustine.

LATE HAVE I LOVED YOU
"Late have I loved you, O Beauty so ancient and so new; late have I loved you! You were within me, and I was outside; and I sought you outside and in my loneliness fell upon those lovely things that you have made. You were with me, but I was not with you ... You called me and cried to me and broke open my deafness; you sent forth your beams and shone upon me and chased away my blindness; you breathed your fragrance upon me, and I drew in my breath and now I pant for you; I tasted you, and now I hunger and thirst for you; you touched me, and I burn for your peace."

- Augustine of Hippo (354-430) from Confessions, as found in Eerdman’s Book of Christian Classics: A Treasury of Christian Writings Through the Centuries, compiled by Veronica Zundel, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1985, p. 23.


CHIP'S THOUGHTS

There is something there that reminds me of the Psalm 42. Take a look! "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God..."

Pant on!
Have a great day!


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