Gathered Worship: Addressing a Digital Age’s Response to the COVID-19 Quarantine

Engaging in embodied worship as gathered formation empowers the church to defy the disintegration caused by this digital age. Fundamental to understanding human formation is the acknowledgment that human beings are essentially embodied, and as such, inescapably relational. Humanity’s ultimate end is embodied fellowship with a risen Savior. Despite this reality, humanity is being relentlessly pulled and formed by the prevailing teleological vision of the present culture’s response to the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.
More than a year of disconnectedness from others in the face of a global pandemic has led to an increasing acceptance of the relational fragmentation caused by this digital age, including in the realm of gathered worship. Now more than ever, humanity is being shaped by a frenetic infatuation with the fastest-growing form of frittering away time and disengaging from life together by means of synthetic, virtual engagement. In the face of such dissolution, it is vital that the church responds with a renewed sense of the priority of the gathered worship of the local church. The body of Christ must wholeheartedly reject the relational breakdown caused by this digital age and return to an abiding commitment to regular, gathered formation.
To pursue such an undertaking and recover a vibrant vision for gathered formation, this paper will define embodiment and worship and show the inevitable dissonance between the gathered worship of the church and the disintegration caused by this digital age. Having rightly identified and understood this conflict, the church will be poised to rediscover the essential role of embodied worship as the gathered formation of the body of Christ in anticipation of eternity.

4 thoughts on “Gathered Worship: Addressing a Digital Age’s Response to the COVID-19 Quarantine”

  1. Timely and significant (but aware of research?)
    I agree this would be a worthy topic.

    But no mention of literature on embodiment, worship, the impact of technology, etc. Where’s he starting from?

  2. Lack of awareness?
    Fails to acknowledge the scholarship in this area that pre-dates CoVid and feels a bit like he is on an island by not citing the scholarship that has come out in the last couple years.


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