“Though God is the subject of worship, acting among the people, it is the people of God who remember God’s story, not as an audience, but as true participants in the very story that tells the truth about the world and all of human existence. The two sides of this substance in worship are the content, which is God’s story, and the energy with which God’s story is remembered and anticipated by the people.”
– Robert E. Webber, Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God’s Narrative (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2008), 107.
I will never forget the day my understanding of Christian faith shifted 180 degrees. I was reading a different passage in Robert Webber’s book cited above when the realization hit me that the Christian faith is less about me inviting God into my story and more about being invited, through Christ, to fold my life into God’s story. In other words, God is the centre of the story; I am not! That changed everything.
God is the centre of worship; I am not. God is the centre of worship; we are not. We, the people of God, are invited to gather together to recognize and to be reminded of our place in God’s great story and in God’s great purpose.
From time to time we will hear the phrase, “It’s not about you.” Well, in one sense, that’s true. Rather, it is about the purpose of God to see people in every generation and geographical location spiritually formed into the image of God—Imago Dei. Therefore, there is a sense in which it is very much about me and about you and about all of us. As we become conscious participants in God’s story, we are changed.