Two Sides of Worship

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"One-sided, easy praise, without a sense of solidarity in the world's suffering, will threaten to keep us from understanding the depth and the mystery of God's entering into our suffering world. But unrelieved lamentation and oppressive naming of sin that never turns in trust and hope to God's promises contradicts God's offer of grace in Christ. Christian worship, like a dazzling diamond, must continually be turned in the light of our living and dying, our struggles and our deepest hopes, in order to be fully appreciated. Like a diamond, worship can, through the feasts and seasons of God's grace, reveal its many facets" (Don E. Saliers, Worship Come to Its Senses, 90).

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