It is rightly said that the gathered community that comes together in corporate worship prophetically points toward a hope and future glorious kingdom in Christ. This is gathered worship as an act of hope, perhaps even defiant hope in the face of a world marred by sin. The body of believers gathered for corporate worship is united by the Spirit, and points toward the hope with have in Christ to be with God.
But what about looking at things from the other direction: hope as an act of worship? In this brief reflection I want to explore this way of coming at the issue, which recognizes that hope is not always a natural outpouring of the Christian life. In fact, at times the Christian life requires a willful decision to hope.
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