Feb 11, 2019: When the Past Becomes Present

Robert E. Webber

Although worship dramatizes an event that happened long ago, it brings that event into the present by the power of the Holy Spirit. In each worship experience, I am present in the actual event. Each worship experience contains the fullness of the birth, life, teachings, ministry, death, resurrection, and promised return of Christ. . . . For example, on Christmas I am present at the birth of Christ; on Epiphany I am there at the presentation of Christ; on Maundy Thursday I am present at the Last Supper; on Good Friday I am taken to the cross and put into the tomb; on Easter I stand at the empty tomb; and on Pentecost Sunday I receive the Holy Spirit.

-Robert Webber, Worship Is a Verb: Celebrating God’s Mighty Deeds of Salvation, Second Edition (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Pub., 1996), 119-120.

About the author

Alumni Director, Practicum Professor, and DWS graduate.