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.
Obamas turn has come to rule the American empire.
Will it continue to be a mass-consuming empire of greed?
Only time will tell.
Here is a thoughtful, timely and read-worthy critique by Brian Walsh entitled:
Barack Obama: A Post-Imperial Presidency?
And yes, the same question could’ve/should’ve been asked had McCain won the election…
I think my church just may be perfect…
Well, of course, not ‘perfect’ in the sense that many mean!
Two things, quickly…
First, the pastors and deacons (who make up the church ‘council’) recently went on a prayer retreat together. We had times of discussion, corporate prayer, private prayer, walking, talking and singing during the day. Toward the end of the retreat, we all realised what a remarkable thing we had.
Not uniformity, but unity. We are all quite different people with quite different personalities and views on various things. But we experienced genuine unity in spite of these things. It was (and is) wonderful.
Second, a lady that has been attending for a while has recently become a member. In her interview with one of the leaders, she made the comment, ‘I love this church. It’s perfect.’
The leader tried to correct her, but had difficulty. :)
Now, I’m not saying we don’t have flaws, and things we need to change at my church, but we have complete – perfect – unity… in Christ…
What a blessing!