He explains that worship should lead us through the "narrative arc that rehearses the story of redemption in the very form of worship". Every week there is the call to worship (God invites us), repentance and forgiveness, hearing the word, tasting and seeing how good is the Lord and then being sent out "restor(i)ed". Obviously, many services don't include all of these parts and may not reflect THE story- creation, incarnation, recreation (the pre-renaissance version of the Gospel) - in its form. What does the form of your worship tell you about you and God? Does your worship have the potential to "re-story" your life? Do you allow it to "re-story" you? Smith has lots of insights into the role of form (how we do things) in forming us as a people.
As I was reading Smith's conversation about "restory-ing" it made me think of one of my favorite lines from Norms and Nobility.
This past week I taught Daniel chapter 1 to the first graders at church. Daniel was steeped in the stories of the Babylonians but held fast to the one true God. They even tried to rename him - but it didn't stick - God was his judge. In the end, this is what I want for my children. I want them to be innocent of evil, not naive. I want God's story of redemption and grace to be such a part of who they are that all other stories are colored by this one true story. I desire that they recognize the hunger that cultural stories reveal and speak God's life and truth into deep pain and deep needs. An apologetics or worldview class as a teenager (the logos and analytical approach) can equip you with an argument. Are we are missing the boat though? It seems that more often we need to be armed with a loving story of truth. I think this is why many moms cry while reading The Jesus Storybook - it is restorying them and revealing who He truly is.
Want to know about re-storying a people group? Take a listen to this older podcast by Angelina Stanford. What she shares is incredible and the end literally sent chills up my spine.
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