Wednesday, August 11, 2010
What is worship? the theology of Francis Webb
And for me always the grave great peace is stronger
In flaring colours, and a laugh, and a careless singer
Two lines from “Cap and Bells” by Australian poet, Francis Webb.
I have been amid much talk of worship and church in the last two days. Talk of liturgy and order, of emotion and diverse giftedness. Sitting in the bath this morning, reading a new found friend, Francis Webb, those two lines quoted above stood out – the gift of colour, the sharing of humanity and celebration of risk.
For me that’s what worship is, a space to encourage humanity. In so doing, it makes Incarnational, possible, what 2nd century theologian Irenaues wrote:
The glory of God is man fully alive
That’s what Webb is articulating, the peace that comes amid colour, laughter, creativity. I want to find those people, those spaces, be part of forming those sorts of Christian communities here in Adelaide