Can Joy and Reverence Coexist? A Look at Worship and Culture
Joy, Piety, Worship, Seventh-day Adventists
"What is the right form of worship? Is there only one correct form or style of worship? Have worship forms changed over time? Who is to decide which form or format is appropriate for worship? Almost everyone involved in the organization of worship has been confronted with such questions.
"Within the ensuing discussions there is an abundance of good intent, but also a plethora of personal opinions, and very often little understanding of what worship really is. I would like to suggest that when we inquire about forms and formats of worship, we are asking the wrong questions. Rather than looking at how to worship--speaking about forms and formats--we need to find out, first of all, what worship really is, and why we worship. In other words, we need to discover the deeper meaning of worship, recover its original design, and create a spiritual vision of worship. An understanding of the true nature of worship will then naturally shape the expressions, the forms and the formats of worship."
Douhkan, Lilianne, "Can Joy and Reverence Coexist? A Look at Worship and Culture" (2003). Faculty Publications. 683.
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