Lewis on Shoes You Don't Notice

A SHOE YOU DON'T NOTICE
A good shoe is a shoe you don't notice. . . . The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God. But every novelty prevents this. It fixes our attention on the service itself; and thinking about worship is a different thing from worshipping. . . . I can make do with almost any kind of service whatever, if only it will stay put. But if each form is snatched away just when I am beginning to feel at home in it, then I can never make any progress in the art of worship.

- C. S. Lewis, LETTERS TO MALCOLM: CHIEFLY ON PRAYER, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1964. As quoted in AUTHENTIC WORSHIP IN A CHANGING CULTURE, by the seven-member Worship Study Committee for the 1997 Synod of the Christian Reformed Church, CRC Publications, 1997. For information, call 1-800-333-8300.


CHIP'S THOUGHTS

Today's quote is one that will please some of you and trouble or challenge others. It has to do with CHANGE. How comfortable are you with change? What if it means a change in your church's worship practice? What do you think? Is change unsettling or refreshing?

Have a great week.

(Originally posted on 8/4/1998)


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