Doug Wilson on Worship

Posted: February 1, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Uncategorized
  1. nannykim says:

    hmm, I agree and disagree. Thomas Howard has written a bit about worship and I think Wilson doesn’t see the importance of the Eucharist in worship. When we come to church we are not coming to a “meeting” or to sing or to hear a sermon, and Wilson has it right when he says we are coming to present ourselves to God. But it is more than this—we have “come , in a mystery, to the frontier that lies between the seen and the unseen, or between heaven and earth–as we all do when we pray, for example.” With liturgical churches this is very evident when celebrating the Eucharist. “It would seem, then, that there is a source other than ourselves from which proceed the form and content of worship. The question for the believer from any religion is not, first of all, ‘How do I feel about this?’ but, rather, ‘What am I to do when I come to the Holy of Holies?'” “Christian worship did not simply proliferate randomly. There was a shape given to it in the beginning. Actually, it took this shape………..The particular act that was understood by the apostolic and patristic Church to constitute worship…..had been received from the hands of Jesus Christ himself. And it was a particular act. What he had done on the night before his betrayal in the Upper Room was received by the apostles as his ordering of the act of Christian worship. He took, blessed, broke, and gave bread to them, and he blessed the cup of wine; and by his word he inaugurated this strange quasi meal as the act that would ‘make present’ (his word—anamnesis) for them, until history ended, the entire mystery of his redeeming self-oblation to the Father, that is to say, the entirety of revelation. The whole of the Law and the Prophets and of the history of Israel, and of his own coming into the world, passing through it (it is pasch–passing), and returning to the Father is opened up in this rite. It can never be exhausted or wholly comprehended. It will never run dry, for as long as Christian people gather for worship.”

    We offer ourselves in the celebration of the Eucharist…I think Wilson somehow has missed all of this.

  2. doulos tou Theou says:


    thanks for taking the time to watch and comment.

    great comment, I felt if there was more to the video he might have talked about communion. The author of the short video, I think, was trying let Wilson speak on worship specifically to the effects of music. Since I don’t have the whole thing it is a guess.

    here is a link to a blog post by pastor Wilson on weekly communion at the church he pastors:

    thanks for checking us out.


  3. nannykim says:

    Yes, I agree–it is hard to make a judgment on what someone is really saying when there is only a sound bite. I just wished he had tied the giving of ourselves in with the Eucharist…..he was good in as far as he went. Thanks.

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