Where We Worship | A Collaborative Photography Exhibition
There is almost no place where the enduring sacred/secular dichotomy is more clear than in our answer to this question: Where do we worship?
If you ask adherents to almost any religion where they worship, it’s likely that their answer will reveal internalized assumptions about what their deity values. Naturalists, for example, might say the transcendence of worship happens in unadulterated nature. Many adherents to eastern religions, like Hinduism, might declare that worship happens in the presence of the gods at a shrine.
But what about Christians?
The “Where” of Worship
For many, the “where” of worship is revealed in the name we give Sunday morning gatherings. In our emails, conversations, and texts, we inadvertently communicate our theology. We say, “I’ll see you at worship this Sunday,” or, “Will you be attending the 9am worship service?”
Why do we call our gatherings “worship”? Because that is the only place where many believe worship happens.
The problem is that this perception doesn’t fit the biblical story. Instead, Scripture reveals we worship the true God wherever we are, in whatever we do (Colossians 3:17, 23-24). Worship is not limited to certain spaces or to certain days. It encompasses the entirety of our lives.
Our omnipresent God is at work through our various vocations and workplaces, bringing glory to His name as He pursues the common good of our communities. This means our diligent, God-honoring work in those various roles is also our worship.
A Collaborative Photography Exhibition
In an effort to continue to repaint our imaginations so that we might see the world as God does, Christ Community’s Downtown Campus created a collaborative photography exhibition titled Where We Worship.
The exhibition features photographs that congregants took themselves of the spaces in which their work and worship takes place throughout the week.
Underneath the title of the exhibition, you’ll find written:
“All vocations are intended by God to manifest His love in the world.” – Thomas Merton
Our worship doesn’t end when we leave this space. It begins.
Each week, as we depart to our various vocations and callings, we return to the good work that God has invited us to engage for His glory and for the good of our communities.
These images display some of the space where members of this church work throughout the week. Whether in an office or in the home, paid or unpaid, glamorous or not, we believe that all work matters.
And we thank you for the good work that you do.
The undervaluing of so much work and the misunderstanding of worship are both pervasive. Our hope is that this small collaborative exhibition might help our campus see a different picture of “where we worship” and might inspire a whole new generation of worshipers in good work well done for God’s glory.
Creating Your Own
If you’d like to create an exhibition like this at your own church or campus, the process is quite simple.
- Ask congregants to send in high-resolution photographs of their workspaces.
- Print and frame the photographs. (We had our 12” x 12” black and white images printed at MPix, and purchased frames from IKEA.)
- Hang the framed images alongside a description of the exhibition. (We posted the exhibition title and description on the wall next to the images using clear shipping labels purchased from Office Depot.)
Church: Christ Community Church, Kansas City