• Michael Haldas

Worship


"We may go to beautiful churches well-prepared for worship, but often we don’t take the presence of God with us through the week…The Lord desires that our worship be intimately connected with the daily activities of our lives.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Jeremiah 7:9-11, Dynamis 7/19/2018)

“…there is no separation between worship and life. They are one.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Philippians 2:17)

“One must act in such a way that the soul does not turn to God only when you are standing in prayer, but should do so as far as possible throughout the day. It should be an unceasing offering of oneself to Him.” (St. Theophan the Recluse)

“The membrane between the church and the world is thin. We want to cross it lightly, gracefully, so that suddenly, even for those who do not show up on Sundays at God’s physical house, a house with many mansions still might shine through in their imaginations. This kind of agility is not born by taking the physical house, the church, lightly. No, worship is what prepares us for the strangeness of life.” (Lillian Daniel)

“If we really think about it, “Church” begins when the worship service ends. Only if we are able to convert what we have heard and received into action will we be able to fulfill Christ’s call to spread His word throughout this hurting world.” (Marianne C. Sailus)

“Attending church, taking communion, teaching church school, singing in the choir – all are empty exercises unless we are truly doing them for God. It is good to do these activities, not because we ought to do them for church, but because we want to do them for God.” (Life Application Study Bible, Jeremiah 7:2, 3)

“We may go to beautiful churches well prepared for worship, but often we don’t take the presence of God with us throughout the week…Going to church and belonging to a group can become more important than a life changed for God…Many use religious affiliation as a hideout, thinking it will protect them from evil and problems.” (Life Application Study Bible, Jeremiah 7:9-11)

“The Church has always understood and taught that what we do outside of the Church walls and how we live our lives is part of our Liturgical life because Christianity is indeed the way of life God wants us to live all of the time, not just on Sundays.” (Sacramental Living)

“Following a long list of religious rules requires strong self-discipline and can make a person appear moral, but religious rules cannot change a person’s heart. Only the Holy Spirit can do that.” (Life Application Study Bible, Colossians 2:23)

“You can never please God by outward actions – no matter how good – if your heart attitude is not right.” (Life Application Study Bible, Psalm 51:17)

“You are worth what your heart is worth.” (Pope John Paul II)

“Too many people use the term secular to mean the absence of religion when in fact it is the absence of worship… Negation of worship, ironically, is also what erects a barrier around our hearts that keep us from truly understanding the truth we seek to understand. (Father Alexander Schmemann, Sacramental Living))

“Bible study, discussions, forums, exchanges of ideas, etc., though worthwhile, are not worship. Further, these activities without worship can lead us away from being God-focused to actually being self-focused because the focus during study often shifts from God who transcends the world and life and is the very cause of it, to ourselves as we seek to harness the truth and force fit it into our understanding or intellect instead of letting our understanding unfold from God as we engage in worship of Him.” (Father Alexander Schmemann, Sacramental Living)

"…there is no separation between worship and life [your faith and life]. They are one.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Philippians 2:17)

“God created us human beings fundamentally as worshipping beings....To deny this aspect of our humanity is to ultimately deny our humanity itself. Because we were also created as inherently social creatures, it follows that we were created by God to give social expression to our religious feelings through rituals, acts, and rites of worship. Though personal and certainly intimate, our worship is, at the same time, a fundamentally social, or corporate, expression of our faith.” (Archbishop Demetrios of America)

"…we should listen closely to Christ’s indictment of those who neglect the state of their heart and instead exploit the minutiae of tradition. Clearly, God wants us to uphold His commandments (Jn 14:15). His chief desire, however, is that we do so with hearts filled with love for Him and for others…” (Dynamis 7/23/2014)

“The"act” or appearance of being religious includes going to church, knowing Christian doctrine, using Christian clichés, and following a community’s Christian traditions. Such practices can make a person look good, but if the inner attitudes of belief, love, and worship are lacking, the outer appearance is meaningless.” (Life Application Study Bible, 2 Timothy 3:5)

"We perform the externals of life rightly when our hearts love God first, foremost, and above all. If our hearts are not filled with the living God, then our meticulous keeping of the"letter” – fulfilling the commandments and dictates of tradition – will never save but rather condemn us.” (Dynamis 7/23/2014)

“The state of mind and being that breeds happiness is made possible over time as we learn to worship God and live life sacramentally which is to see everything good in life from God and even see God’s goodness at work in the bad stuff. Worship of God is what really fulfills us spiritually and what fulfills us spiritually is ultimately what leads to true and lasting joy.” (Sacramental Living)

“The Lord desires that our worship be intimately connected with the daily activities of our lives. We must never compartmentalize our participation in the Church’s divine services, but rather commend ourselves, each other, and our whole life to Christ our God.” (Dynamis 7/23/2015)

“…there is no separation between worship and life [your faith and life]. They are one…We are called to live in the world seeing everything in it as a revelation of God, a sign of His presence, the joy of His coming.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Philippians 2:17, Father Alexander Schmemann)

“The distinction between things that are Caesar's and things that are God's does not imply the division of a believer's life into the secular and the sacred. Rather, God is Lord over all of life..." (Orthodox Study Bible, Matthew 22:15-22)

“Too many people use the term secular to mean the absence of religion when in fact it is the absence of worship… Negation of worship, ironically, is also what erects a barrier around our hearts that keep us from truly understanding the truth we seek to understand. (Father Alexander Schmemann, Sacramental Living)

“The opposite of a slave is not a free man. It’s a worshiper. The one who is most free is the one who turns the work of his hands into sacrament, into offering. All he makes and all he does are gifts from God, through God, and to God." (Mark Buchanan)

“Your spirit needs and wants closeness with God. You want to know the living God personally, not as an idea or concept, not as a distant monarch. You can draw near to God through prayer, worship, and Bible meditation. You need not live like a monk, but you probably need more prayer in your life. The habit of worship has become a convenience to be wedged between sports and other recreations. Instead, make worship your top priority.” (Life Application Study Bible, Hebrews 7:19)

“All worship is sacramental” (Orthodox Study Bible, 1 Corinthians 12:19-22)

"The more you pray, the less you'll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry." (Rick Warren)

"...true worship is a living, dynamic expression of both the believer's faith and the community's faith….Each of us must learn the fullness of Christ and worship with the Church…" (Orthodox Study Bible, Romans 12:1, Dynamis 2/28/2014)

“If we become more concerned with the means of worship than with the one we worship, we will miss God even as we think we are worshiping Him…“When we claim to honor God while our hearts are far from him, our worship means nothing. It is not enough to study about religion or even to study the Bible; it is not enough to act religious. Our actions and our attitudes must be sincere.” (Life Application Study Bible, Matthew 12:6, Matthew 15:8,9)

“Humanity by nature worships. Some seek to worship the Creator, while others worship the creation. A brief definition of being fully human is giving glory and thanks to the true God. Those who refuse to worship Him become darkened in their hearts.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Romans 1:21)

“When people worship the creature instead of the Creator, they lose sight of their own identity as those who are higher than the animals—made in the image of God.” (Life Application Study Bible, Romans 1:23)

“Our rituals … are all designed to focus us away from ourselves and to God.” (Sacramental Living)

“The way we gain communion with and knowledge of God is from the heart to the mind, not the mind to the heart. This is why ritualistic worship, prayer, fasting, giving, Church services, and other disciplines are incredibly important. These practices may seem archaic, even silly, in the postmodern world but the postmodern world in many ways is a world created by our intellectualism in which we cater, even in religious circles, to our ego and to some extent worship ourselves, which is the wall that separates us from God.” (Sacramental Living)"Ceremonies and rituals serve as reminders of our faith as well as instruct new or young believers, but we should not think that they give us any special merit before God. They are outward signs and seals that demonstrate inner belief and trust.” (Life Application Study Bible, Romans 4:10-12)

“Ceremonies and rituals serve as reminders of our faith as well as instruct new or young believers, but we should not think that they give us any special merit before God. They are outward signs and seals that demonstrate inner belief and trust.” (Life Application Study Bible, Romans 4:10-12)

“God designed us to worship Him… God ever draws us to Himself.” (Dynamis 9/30/2014)

“The house of the Lord is not just the Church where we worship on Sunday. It is also the heart of every Christian whose body is built up into the Lord’s temple (cf. 1 Cor. 6:19).” (Hieromonk Maximus)

“God is always most interested in the building and developing of our character. He wants more than anything for us to love Him, worship Him, and grow to love others more purely." (Ray and Nancy Kane)

“Self as the new god is worshiped at the expense of community and enthroned in a position of the utmost importance. Worship of self has contributed to the downfall of families and societal stability, with careers, social and financial gain, and self-fulfillment reigning supreme...life is not meant for personal gratification or personal gain, but that we might give glory and worship to God in all we do.” (Abbot Tryphon)

“We, too, should ruthlessly find and remove any centers of false worship in our lives. These may be activities, attitudes, possessions, relationships, places, or habits—anything that tempts us to turn our hearts from God..." (Life Application Study Bible, Deuteronomy 12:2,3)

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