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Robert E. Webber

Mar 26, 2012: Christus Victor

What happens in worship is that our struggles with the powers of evil that disturb us and seek to dismantle our relationships and our lives are brought to Jesus the victor over all evil. In worship we deal again and again with the ultimate truth that Jesus, who overcame the powers of evil through his...
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Mar 19, 2012: Center of the Hourglass

Visualize an hourglass set on its side. At the very center, the waist of the hourglass is worship. On the left, everything that one does in life, work and leisure, moves toward the center, worship. On the right, everything that one does in life, work and leisure is empowered by worship. . . . Worship...
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Mar 12, 2012: Arts Mediate the Message

Worship is a means through which we can see, hear, smell, taste, feel, and come into contact with the infinite. Therefore the arts can mediate the message of Christ and minister to me in the depth of my being. . . . The future of the arts in worship, I believe, holds considerable promise for...
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Mar 5, 2012: Balance of Word and Table

In worship, both the Bible and the bread and wine are equally important means through which Christ is proclaimed. If this is true, then those congregations which wish to express the balance between Word and Table may want to arrange the interior space of their worshiping area in a way that expresses this balance. -Robert...
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Feb 27, 2012: Worship Space

It is my experience that the architecture of our church is shaped by our concept of worship, which in turn shapes our experience of worship. . . . It is the function of space to foster rather than hinder congregational participation. -Robert Webber, Worship Is a Verb: Celebrating God’s Mighty Deeds of Salvation (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishing,...
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Feb 20, 2012: Good Art Speaks

Good art “speaks to me. It makes me listen. It forms me.” . . . Somehow the art in worship surrounds me and gathers me up into itself. Like music, it enters into my soul and abides there. During the week it becomes a dominant image in my experience and pulls me to dwell on the theme and...
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Feb 13, 2012: God Communicates Through the Material

To insist that art is necessary for worship is to commit aesthetic heresy. Such insistence makes art an idol, an object of our worship. On the other hand, to insist that art is a hindrance to worship is equally dangerous. It denies that the material creation is a worthy vehicle through which God can communicate...
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Feb 6, 2012: Christ Lost in the Calendar

By not following the Christian calendar we have come to adopt secular guidelines for our spiritual time. Christ has again become lost in our celebration of time, not because of too many saints’ days and feasts, but because of our celebration in worship of too many other days–national holidays like Independence Day and special events...
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Jan 23, 2012: All Time Has a Center

As Christians, we confess that all time has a center. And that center is Jesus Christ who has redeemed all things. From this center, this kairos event in history, the meaning and significance of all time radiates. It is through the remembrance of the Christ-event in worship that we are able to sanctify all time....
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Jan 16, 2012: Comma, not a Period

I have found many pastors today are becoming more concerned about the sense of response that extends into the world from worship, and rightly so. They want their people to feel sent. . . . “Every service is followed by a comma instead of a period. We worship as pilgrims.” -Robert Webber, Worship Is a...
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Jan 9, 2012: Bread and Wine

Bread and wine, these elements of creation, become the symbols of re-creation. For his body broken for us and his blood spilt for us are the signs of renewal and restoration. -Robert Webber, Worship Is a Verb: Celebrating God’s Mighty Deeds of Salvation (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishing, 1992), 151.
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Jan 2, 2012: Passing the Peace

In the early church it was appropriate to offer the kiss of peace after the prayers. . . . [It] was a gesture signifying that we are at peace with God and with our neighbors. Because God has reconciled us to the Father through Jesus Christ, we ought to be reconciled to each other. ....
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Dec 26, 2011: Congregational Response to the Word

No matter how it is accomplished, congregational response to the Word is a very important means of sealing the Word in this heart and life. . . . The placement of prayer after the word is crucial. . . . In the ancient church pastoral prayer was nonexistent. Prayer belonged to the people and arose...
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Dec 19, 2011: Purpose for Reading the Word of God

The overall purpose for the reading of the Word is to let God speak. It is not, as some might think, the time for educating the people, for long tedious exegetical sermons, or an evangelistic appeal. It is principally an address from God to the congregation that is expressed through reading and preaching his Word and...
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Dec 12, 2011: The Entrance

The overall purpose of the Entrance is not only to begin the service of worship, but to help us.
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