‘Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!’ (Psalm 95:6) The Inviting Worshiper joins the chorus of the Psalmist and joyfully calls upon the people of God to worship their Maker. He taps into the classic ‘Dynamic Transcendentals’ of Truth, Beauty, & Goodness in order to draw people closer to the Source of all three. The Inviting Worshiper elicits action and movement of the body but primarily of the heart and mind.
As Thomas Howard explains, corporate worship is participatory at its core: ‘…the worship of the Church, specifically its Eucharistic liturgy, is not a meeting or a program to which we come only to receive something. It is an act, to which come as participants, indeed as celebrants, if the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers means anything.’ Robert Webber sums it up this way: ’Worship is a verb.’
The Inviting Worshiper not only invites God’s people to come, he inspires them to go. Richard Foster once wrote, ’As worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience.’