on earth, the faithful should look forward to entering the future "rest" (3:11), in the sanctuary above where they will share forever in the heavenly worship.
So strong was their focus on this transformation that people began worshiping
the elements well before the appropriate time; the bells at Mass during the Eucharistic Prayer were first introduced to let the people know when it was OK to worship the eucharistic Christ.
Seven Songs of Creation is not meant to make the Earth the theme of worship, but rather to forge a way of worshiping
God and Jesus Christ that takes into account the wonder and miracle of all living things.
spiritual transport for the worshiping
congregation," notes C.
In his concluding chapter, Dyrness contends that Christianity needs a "threefold renewal: a new vision for the arts, a renewal of the worshiping
life of the church, and a restored tradition of Christian art" (155).
(23) This ideal of the inspired, textually-uniform, worshiping
body suggests just how crucial the liturgical vernacular was to the imagination and constitution of the Reformed English nation.