Corporate Worship: God Addresses, Undresses, and Redresses His People

I am always glad to read thoughtful, biblical critiques of our corporate worship ideals, particularly when I personally need correction, and when that correction motivates and intensifies my desire for corporate worship.  Jason Stellman does just that in his book, Dual Citizens: Worship and Life Between the Already and Not Yet (available in our church library).

Here's an excerpt:

At the root of Western culture's constant demand for new and improved worship experiences is not our unique inability to sit still for sixty minutes, but our fear of not being in control.  Unlike "first-person shooter" games and surfing the Internet, corporate worship is an activity in which we are neither the initiators nor the primary actors.  Instead, God addresses us with His gracious summons, undresses us with His holy law, and then redresses us in the righteous robes of His Son Jesus Christ.  The entire affair culminates with a meal at His table of grace, where we are fed and nourished for our continued pilgrimage to glory.  While God's people do participate with responses of prayer and praise, these are just that - responses to God's divine initiative rather than our own efforts to conjure up some feeling or experience to confirm what we already knew before we arrived (p. 6).