Yesterday’s order of worship at our church included the “Kryie,” which has this line: “For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise.” The liturgist made a mistake and said, “For this holy house and for all who suffer here….” He caught it immediately, backed up and correctly said “offer.”
“For all who suffer here.” Maybe it was a Freudian slip. We do suffer in life. Glimpses of glory come only occasionally in our routine non-glorious lives. Followers of Jesus know the way to the crown of life is through faithfulness to the cross (Galatians 2:20; Revelation 2:10). The contradictions were all embraced on the Mount of Transfiguration. “Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure (death), which he was about to accomplish in Jerusalem” (Luke 9:30-31).
“For all who suffer here” could also remind us of faithful church-goers who are subjected to worship not based on God’s Word, not challenging us to sanctified living, not inspiring us in saving faith. Thankfully, yesterday’s worship for us was as it should be, and we were among those “who offer here their worship and praise.”