Sometimes I am said to be too intellectual, dogmatic and dry.
Sometimes I am said to be too emotional, dogmatic and illogical.
Sometimes I am said to be escaping from the world and not realistic.
Sometimes I am said to have tunnel vision, and too moralistic and intense.
Assent to certain beliefs and/or acceptance by the group.
A personal experience of God; making this known to others.
All who face God-ward are incorporated in the Holy.
Solidarity with humankind is membership in God’s kingdom.
Discipline, knowledge, order, tradition.
Love, conversion, witness, spontaneity.
Wisdom, humility, letting go, transcendence.
Simplicity, purity of heart, action, temperance, obedience, sacrifice.
God is revealed in Scripture, ritual and tradition.
I can feel that God lives in my heart.
God is mystery and can be grasped for but not completely known.
We participate in the mystery of God when we become co-creators with God in the world.
Music and words express praise to God and belief about God.
Singing warms and unites us, and expresses the soul’s deepest heart.
Traditional singing can bring the soul to quietness and union with God.
Songs can mobilize and unite to greater effort and dedication.
The hearing and study of scripture is the centerpiece of worship.
The sermon movingly preached is the power of God to change lives.
The Word of God is heard when the Spirit of God speaks to the inward heart.
What we do is our “preaching,” and speaks louder than anything we say.
Ritual evokes memory and presence, teaching traditional truths.
Ritual ceremonies are vehicles to bring us closer to each other.
Ritual is a way in which God becomes present to us.
Ritual is one way we make statements about our beliefs and identity.
Support seminaries, publishing houses, scholarship, preaching.
Support telling our story to others in person, by broadcast and social media.
Support places of retreat, spiritual studies, and liturgical reform.
Support political action to establish justice in society and its’ institutions.
Punctuality is important. Stick to announced beginning and ending times of worship services.
It is important to extend worship time if there is a need in the congregation to do so.
All time is God’s time. A sense of timelessness is important.
Gather whenever and as long as you need to in order to accomplish the task.
A central purpose is that we fulfill our destiny in the world.
A central purpose is that we learn to walk in holiness with the Lord.
A central purpose is that we be united with the Creator.
A central purpose is that we keep the Law as completely as possible.
A carefully planned and orderly worship service is a glory to God.
A deeply moving and spontaneous worship service is a glory to God.
Simplicity and some silence are important elements needed for worship.
It's not worship, but ordering ourselves for God's service that is important.
Words express poetic praise; we ask for knowledge and guidance.
Let words and feelings evoke God’s presence in this moment.
Empty the mind of distractions and simply BE in the presence of the Holy.
My life and work are my prayer.