Too Deep for Words

02May06

I’ve been browsing through Clay Schmit’s book Too Deep for Words: A Theology of Liturgical Expression. I had Clay for a seminary class on worship. Here are a few quotes:

Hans Küng says that art is
“a great symbol … a symbol which … can remind us as human beings of the great heritage of the past, the future still to come, of the meaning, value, and dignity of our life here and now; a symbol that can rouse our passion for freedom and truthfulness, our hunger for justice and love, our yearning for fellowship, reconciliation, and peace; a symbol which may perhaps enable us to percieve something of what ‘involves us unconditionally,’ the still hidden, incomprehensibly great mystery around us….” p. 11

Worship art is created not merely for the sake of creating beauty but in order to articulate forms of human experience that are too deep for words. The significance of art in worship is the connection it makes between the ones who create the works and the audience that perceives them, and the way such connections teach, inspire, transform, and unite the assembly. p. 24

The arts of worship are created not merely for the sake of beauty and in freedom from human and institutional expectation. They are created for the sake of God’s people in order to open hearts as well as minds; to touch people deeply, strengthen their faith, and evoke a transformation in their lives. p. 25

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