I posted this as a comment on travisstanley.net and thought if I posted it on my site a few more might become engaged in the discussion. Please comment.
A realization I made a few years back is that we might be too concerned with what we are getting out of worship. I’ve often longed for the mystery of the Catholic Church to leak its way into our liturgy. Transubstantiation is something that has always sparked my interest but is it really the answer to our feelings that worship isn’t what it is supposed to be?
We can follow any worship trend, or any ancient liturgy and end up in the same hollow place. What we need is God. I think that’s really what we’re missing. Once we focus on really trying to show Him that he is worthy then we will truly be worshiping.
Paul tells us that we are to offer our bodies as spiritual acts of worship. Based on that ideology I don’t know that true worship is something that can even be accomplished in a corporate setting.
I’m not advocating that we abandon our “worship” service and all go serve at a soup kitchen instead of attending church sunday morning but there’s something about sitting in a pew and singing that doesn’t really address that idea of offering yourself as a living sacrifice. Maybe I’ve vered off topic here but I think that if we were truly concerned with offering ourselves to God in our services we would be less concerned with what we were getting out of it.