Sunday, November 14, 2010

William Law on Worship

Today's public worship service at ECOOS was as good as it gets. Even as I bask in the good feeling, I know that there is more to "it" than a pleasant Sunday morning at church. I think the words of William Law say it well.

Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (h/t Anglicat)

Author: Law, William (1686-1761)

Chapter 1
Concerning the nature and extent of Christian devotion.
"It is very observable, that there is not one command in all the Gospel for public worship; and perhaps it is a duty that is least insisted upon in Scripture of any other. The frequent attendance at it is never so much as mentioned in all the New Testament. Whereas that religion or devotion which is to govern the ordinary actions of our life is to be found in almost every verse of Scripture. Our blessed Saviour and His Apostles are wholly taken up in doctrines that relate to common life. They call us to renounce the world, and differ in every temper and way of life, from the spirit and the way of the world: to renounce all its goods, to fear none of its evils, to reject its joys, and have no value for its happiness: to be as new-born babes, that are born into a new state of things: to live as pilgrims in spiritual watching, in holy fear, and heavenly aspiring after another life: to take up our daily cross, to deny ourselves, to profess the blessedness of mourning, to seek the blessedness of poverty of spirit: to forsake the pride and vanity of riches, to take no thought for the morrow, to live in the profoundest state of humility, to rejoice in worldly sufferings: to reject the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life: to bear injuries, to forgive and bless our enemies, and to love mankind as God loveth them: to give up our whole hearts and affections to God, and strive to enter through the strait gate into a life of eternal glory."


  1. There are times when I can feel the Spirit working during worship. I'm sure He's there always, and thus, I worry about my attitude when I can't sense His presence. It's quite a sobering thought.


  2. Communal worship time can sometimes distract rather than attract. Perhaps that is why much of the Gospel shows us the importance of teaching and small group discussion.