On Sunday, I wanted to talk about worship and I found the image of the verger, the one who gets the sheep out of the sanctuary before the service, to be a helpful one. While talking about getting the distractive sheep out, creating space for God as our guest, and preparing ourselves, I ran across the writing of Eugene Peterson who thinks about life without worship.
He writes: “Worship…is so our lives are centered on God and not lived eccentrically. ..Failure to worship consigns us to a life of spasms and jerks, at the mercy of every advertisement, every seduction, every siren… People who do not worship are swept into a vast restlessness…with no steady direction and no sustaining purpose.”
If worship is just one more activity or responsibility, then it is a waste of time. If it is an encounter with God, a transforming moment with the Savior, then it becomes the moment that makes sense of everything else.
Well, that is what I meant to say.