In a final entry this week, Love, Foster, and Harris ask how worship impacts our lives. “How can one praise God and then practice injustice? Such worship is an affront to God. If our chief concern with worship is whether or not we’re singing the right kind of songs, perhaps we need to reexamine our priorities.”

In worship we’re reenacting God’s story. “Profound and transformative worship happens when God’s story meets and transforms our story. All of us bring our own stories to church with us–the story of our lives, in our woundedness, hurt, confusion, joy, and triumph. . . . But we don’t just bring a story–we also meet a story. The story of God’s relentless love and ultimate triumph is expressed in its finality in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

“Authentic worship can be thwarted in two ways. First, if the story of God is never encountered, worship can’t happen. We have all probably had these unfortunate ‘non-worship’ experiences. Second, if God’s story gets presented but never engages our own story, authenticity is not achieved. When this happens, we find ourselves unable to figure out why what we’re doing matters.”