Tonight my Professor proposed a provocative thought: that worship that focuses on God as the object of worship alone could very well be viewed as heresy.
His reasoning is based on Hebrews as a whole and the gospels, but particularly on 8:2, where Jesus is worshipping the Father in the heavenly sanctuary (might Jesus be called a worship leader?), and we take part with Him in worshipping the Father.
So for my professor, our worship is actually a participation through the Spirit in the Son’s worship of the Father. In this model, based on James Torrance’s great work, Worship, Community, and the Triune God of Grace, worship is authentically Trinitarian, as opposed to a unitarian-existential view of worship that pervades much the church today, evangelicalism included.
What my professor is arguing for is that for worship to be truly trinitarian and faithful to the contours of the book of Hebrews, we must view God as not only the object, but also the subject of worship.
I agree with Him for the most part; i still have a few misgivings, but by and large i think that he is on track. I see his perspective as providing the criteria by which we evaluate our worship services. Foundationally, we have to ask ourselves if our worship is pointing people to the real worship leader? Questions of relevance, efficiency, and effectiveness, while important, must never detract from this central concern.