A Greeting in Worship
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
It is common in our culture to greet each other when we meet. It may be a “hello,” “hi,” or simply “’sup?” There have been various expressions down through the centuries, but one has been quite common in worship.
For the Jew of biblical times, all of life was to be viewed as sacred. This is reflected in their greeting one another. In the book of Ruth in the Old Testament (2:4) we find this centuries’ old greeting “The Lord be with you.” And the response, “And also with you.”
At some point in nearly every worship service we have a moment to “pass the peace” or give a “the Lord be with you” greeting. These words are a call to remember the nature of our time together and to ask that the presence of the Lord will be with “us as a congregation in what we are doing.” It is also a reminder that we are a small part of the Church of Jesus Christ which goes back thousands of years.