What is the proper relationship between Christian worship and service?

From The Anglican Spirit by Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey (1961-1974):

“It is often said,” William Temple wrote, “that conduct is supremely important and worship helps it. The truth is that worship is supremely important and conduct tests it.” Men and women exist to glorify their Creator. That is the true end of our being. We are created in order to be worshippers, and that is the true description of life here and of life eternally. However, because God is loving and righteous, there is no genuine worship of God that is not reflected in the urgent, practical, outgoing service of humanity. But this urgent, practical, outgoing service of humanity, because it has God as its author, brings us back again to the praise and glory of God from whom all good things come.

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2 thoughts on “What is the proper relationship between Christian worship and service?

  1. Mercy just started a new series of sermons on the nature of worship. Why is worship so important? What is the nature of worship? Our pastor delivered the first sermon yesterday, and I found it beautiful. If you have a chance when back in Dallas, we should go to both your service (morning) and mine (evening).

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