Thursday, February 3, 2011

all things bright and beautiful

For you shall go out in joy,
and be led back in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song,
and all the trees of the field shall chap their hands.
-Isaiah 55:12

Episcopalians love their style of worship.  The pomp and circumstance, the smells and the bells, the funny clothes and the sweet wine.  Seriously, we do it right for weddings, funerals, Easter, Christmas, and everything in between.

So we love our style of worship; but what we do love about simply worshiping?  Our style of worship should feed our enthusiasm for worship.  That is, giving praise, worth, honor, and glory to God comes before our selection of appropriate hymns, the ironing of vestments, or choice of altar flowers.

This brief poem from Isaiah speaks to the awesome power of worship and recognizes that all creation joins in the song of praise to God.  When we offer praise and worship the Triune God we are not separating ourselves from the created world; rather, we are participating in the endless song that bursts forth from creation to Creator.

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