Dr. Harold Best is Dean Emeritus of the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and a life-long church musician. If you haven't read his Music Through the Eyes of Faith, stop reading and get yourself a copy immediately!
If you're still here (seriously, if you don't have a copy, go get one...it's wonderful), consider this quote from one of Dr. Best's other books, Unceasing Worship. And if you aren't from a church tradition that uses terms like liturgy, don't let that distract you. Liturgy just means the way in which the elements of the worship service are organized.
Here are a few questions to keep in mind as you plan next week's worship service or review previous services:
- How central is the Word of God in the planning and execution of this service?
- What elements of this worship service are displacing God's Word from the place of centrality?
- In what ways is this worship service guilty of "self-proclamation"?
- Is the Word of God the gathering point for all the content and action of the service?
- What changes do I need to make so that the entire service stands on the centrality of the Word of God?