Another way of talking about corporate worship is to say that it is worship that is enacted by the whole body – the catholic (universal) corpus (body).
In an ultimate, truly catholic corporate worship is not possible until the Age to Come, when every tongue, tribe and nation expresses it. But Jesus’ prayer in John 17 expresses a desire for a kind of catholicity that we should continually strive for.
I’m interested (and just might explore in my Masters Thesis?) in ways that we can express worship that re-unites the Corpus Christi. I guess that makes me an Ecumenical Baptist. But isn’t that what Jesus prays for in John 17? How can the Church worship across all the divides we have? Across Liturgical and ‘Free’ Church worship frameworks; Across ‘Catholic’, Orthodox and Protestant traditions; Across Episcopal and Congregational (and other) leadership approaches; Across the nasty, embittered Liberal and Conservative ditch; Across painful Charismatic/Pentecostal and Cessationist arguments; Across the separations that split ‘Dying Old Folks Churches’, ‘Family Churches’, ‘Arty-Farty Churches’ and ‘Young Hip Cool Churches’; Across the divisions within a single church that has separate services for Elderly, Families, Singles/Young-Adults, Youth, and Children; and more.