Principle Six: Worship Is An Act Of The People

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Worship is not a service or entertainment performed for the laity, but an act that requires the participation of all members in the body of Christ. For this reason there is a need to achieve a balance between order and freedom. An overemphasis on order can lead to ritualism; an overemphasis on freedom sometimes leads to chaos. Most churches suffer from an overemphasis on order.

Congregational participation is worship that involves the action of everyone simultaneously. But congregational...


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