In-Sight: Singular Attentiveness

This not a commercial for pews, but a reminder of why churches put pews into the sanctuary in the first place.  Simply this:  worship is an “all eyes on God” experience.  We have spent the week with our eyes on ourselves, on others, and on all sorts of other things.  Somewhere there must be a God-alone place, a God-alone time.. For the church gathered, that time is worship.  For about an hour, the focus is not fellowship; it is contemplation.  The attraction for worship is not hot coffee; it is the Holy Spirit.  We did not come to sit around a table, we came to gather at The Table.  If this seems exclusive–it is.  Our souls need time and space to drop “blended” and experience “singular.”  We don’t have many places for this in our world today.  Sanctuaries are one place architecturally designed to offer us the silence, solitude, and sacrament where we give our total attention and adoration to God.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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2 Responses to In-Sight: Singular Attentiveness

  1. Bill Boyer says:

    Dear Steve; You are absolutely correct. One experience stands out as a perfect example of what not to do before or during a worship hour – pre-service chatter through-out the “sanctuary,” mid-service blather, loud music which did little to “turn your eyes upon Jesus” and simply kept the focus on ourselves. We won’t go back.

  2. Wayne Cook says:

    May I share this in the church newsletter?

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