Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness, Nourishment of mind by His truth, Purifying of imagination by His beauty, Opening of the heart to His love, And submission of will to his purpose. And all this gathered up in adoration is the greatest of human expressions of which we are capable.
From: William Temple
If you don’t take a Sabbath, something is wrong. You’re doing too much, you’re being too much in charge. You’ve got to quit, one day a week, and just watch what God is doing when you’re not doing anything.
From: Eugene H. Peterson
I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.
From: Henry Ward Beecher
The best prayer is to rest in the goodness of God, knowing that that goodness can reach down to our lowest depths of need.
From: Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love
To worship God means to forget the self; an extremely difficult, though possible, act. What takes place in a moment of prayer may be described as a shift of the center of living–from self-consciousness to self-surrender.
From: Abrahma Joshua Heschel, The Insecurity of Freedom
Perhaps … the Sabbath is mean to be—a disruption. Perhaps God deliberately inserted a day meant for rest—rest—because he had to make it sacred for him if we were to observe it as a day of rest for us. We need a day of rest for our physical and emotional well-being … We need a day of rest for our spiritual well-being, a time to reflect, pray, fast, and talk with God and with our families about God. We need a day of rest to instruct and encourage one another…. We need a day of rest to welcome God’s blessing for ourselves, for our churches, for our communities, and for our nations. We need a day of rest to define ourselves as the people of God … Observing the Sabbath would mean upset and disruption. But that is what God intended it to be – a disruption of those hectic, crazy schedules.
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As the genuine religious impulse becomes dominant, adoration more and more takes charge. “I come to seek God because I need Him,” may be an adequate formula for prayer. “I come to adore His splendour, and fling myself and all that I have at His feet,” is the only possible formula for worship.
From: Evelyn Underhill, Worship, p 9
Anybody can observe the Sabbath but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.
From: Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens
Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.
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