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The worship of God is not a rule of
safety-- it is an adventure of the spirit,
a flight after the unattainable.

Alfred North Whitehead


When you walk across the fields with your mind pure and holy, then from all the stones, and all growing things, and all animals, the sparks of their soul come out and cling to you, and then they are purified and become a holy fire in you.

Hasidic saying

Worship is the highest act of which a person is capable.  It not only stretches us beyond all the limits of our finite selves to affirm the divine depth of mystery and holiness in the living and eternal God, but it opens us at the deepest level of our being to an act which unites us most realistically with our fellow people.

Samuel H. Miller

Little self-denials, little honesties, little passing words of sympathy, little nameless acts of kindness, little silent victories over favorite temptations--these are the silent threads of gold which, when woven together, gleam out so brightly in the pattern of life that God approves.

Frederic William Farrar


O Lord God, we pray that we may be inspired to nobleness of life in the least things.  May we dignify all our daily life. May we set such a sacredness upon every part of our life, that nothing shall be trivial, nothing unimportant, and nothing dull, in the daily round.

Henry Ward Beecher


For the person who loves God,
worship is the daily bread of patience.

Honore de Balzac


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Do not forget that even as "to work is to worship" so to be cheery
is to worship also, and to be happy is the first step to being pious.

Robert Louis Stevenson


In the act of worship itself, the experience of liberation
becomes a constituent of the community's being . . .
It is the power of God's Spirit invading the lives
of the people, "building them up where they are
torn down and propping them up on every leaning side."

James H. Cone


One should hallow all that one does in one's natural life.
One eats in holiness, tastes the taste of food in holiness,
and the table becomes an altar.  One works in holiness,
and raises up the sparks which hide themselves in all tools.
One walks in holiness across the fields, and the soft songs of all
herbs, which they voice to God, enter into the song of our soul.

Martin Buber

My church helps me to keep a sky in my life and to look up, to keep
my hand in God's and hold on to Him, to see the eternal values above
the material, to lift life above self to service for Christ, to see the good
in others and praise it, to keep sweet and to keep busy for Him, to have
a seeing eye, a feeling heart, a helping hand, to test the motive of life
and choose the best, to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly.

The Watchman-Examiner

Stop what you are doing long enough to enjoy the sunset,
listen to a special song that lifts you up, or pick up the phone
and share some special thought with a caring friend.

Barbara Johnson


And what greater calamity can fall upon
a nation than the loss of worship.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Who builds a church within their hearts
And takes it with them everywhere
Is holier far than they whose church
Is but a one-day house of prayer.

Morris Abel Beer

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A person can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship him
than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling "darkness"
on the walls of his or her cell.

C.S.  Lewis


The soul of the Christian religion is reverence.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


The year's at the spring
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn:
God's in his heaven--
All's right with the world.

Robert Browning


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This is my prayer to thee, my lord--strike,
Strike at the root of penury in my heart.
Give me the strength lightly to bear my joys and sorrows.
Give me the strength to make my love fruitful in service.
Give me the strength never to disown the poor or bend
my knees before insolent might.
Give me the strength to raise my mind high above daily trifles.
And give me the strength to surrender
my strength to thy will with love.

Rabindranath Tagore


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Every praying person, every person who has an encounter
with God, must have a passionate concern for his or her
brother and sister, his or her neighbor.  To treat any of
these as if he were less than the child of God is to deny
the validity of one's spiritual existence.

Desmond Tutu


For true worship, only God and the human soul are necessary.  It
does not depend upon times, or seasons, or occasions.  Anywhere
and at any time God and person in the bush may meet.

Ralph W. Trine


The highest point a person can attain is not Knowledge, or Virtue,
or Goodness, or Victory, but something even greater,
more heroic, and more despairing:  Sacred Awe!

Nikos Kazantzakis
from Zorba the Greek


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