Annie Dillard on Worship

In the midst of talking about Moses’ preparations to meet with God in my message this past weekend, I referenced a quotation from writer Annie Dillard. Her words always strike a chord with me about the tone and serious nature of what we are doing in worship. A number of people asked me for it, so I am sharing it with you all here.

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.

2 thoughts on “Annie Dillard on Worship

  1. Another good book to read related to worship regarding the holiness of God is by AW Tozer called the knowledge of the Holy. This book and meditating on scripture helped me to truly understand a holy reverancy in entering worship with my heart and the heart of God. Thanks for posting Matt. Blessings.

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