June 8, 2020: The Climactic Point of Worship

Robert E. Webber

The ultimate focus of worship is on the cross and resurrection. Both Word and sacrament point to the cross and resurrection, but the sacrament is the climactic point of worship because of the intensity of its focus, because Jesus Christ is uniquely present, and because the church is nourished and strengthened by feeding on him. . . . A mere memorialism is as much a departure from the early church as is transubstantiation. Leaving both transubstantiation and memorialism behind, we should seek to understand what seems to be the historical view of the presence of Christ in the sacrament.

-Robert Webber, Common Roots: The Original Call to an Ancient-Future Faith (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009), 133.

About the author

Alumni Director, Practicum Professor, and DWS graduate.