Here’s a quotation about worship from writer Annie Dillard that always strikes me as true. I had hoped to weave it into my message this past weekend but did not find the appropriate spot for it.
On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. – Annie Dillard, Teaching a Stone to Talk, 58.