New *Worship* Class Begins this Winter

Posted by on Jan 2, 2010 in Featured

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been digging into my family history. To my surprise, one of the discoveries I made is that my grandmother’s grandfather, a man by the name of John Vanscoy, was born in Chillicothe, OH and fought for the Union in the Civil War. In fact, my grandmother was born in Ohio, something I didn’t know until recently. It turns out, that for all my Pennsylvania roots, I have some Buckeye blood running through my veins.

I’ve been living in Ohio just fine all these past 20 years, but I must confess this discovery has given me new appreciation for our state. I may not quite be ready to root for the scarlet and gray over the blue and white of Penn State, but I strangely feel a bit more at home here than I did before—I’m not such an outsider to this place after all. My discovery has led to a change for the better in how I process my life and my place here.

As Christians, all of us find a “home” of sorts in public worship. We gather each Sunday to worship the Lord, and we can do this just fine, without anyone really telling us anything at all about it—we just do it. But what if we dug a little deeper? What if we started to understand the nature of the things we do in worship and what they mean? What if we saw that some of the practices have a very ancient pedigree and are designed to sustain Christians over generations?

In his book The Lord’s Service, Jeff Meyers observes that it’s something of a myth to say that worship just comes naturally. Instead, he points out that just as Christians have to be taught about how to pray, or how to read the Bible, or how to love his or her spouse, we also can benefit deeply from being taught about the nature of worship and especially how to worship. Yes, we can just “show up” and worship. But we will feel more at home in worship—and get much more from it—if we learn about worship.

I encourage you to attend our Sunday School class on worship starting on January 8th. My goal is to help you come away with a greater sense of the purpose of worship and a greater appreciation for your place within it.

– Patrick