“The rhythm of our worship is from our Lord to us, and then from us back to him. He gives us his gifts, and together we receive and extol them. We build one another up as we speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Our Lord gives us his body to eat and his blood to drink. Finally his blessing moves us out into our calling, where his gifts have their fruition.” - Dr. Norman Nagel
"What should occur in this house of God is that our dear Lord Himself speaks to us through His Holy Word, and that we, in turn, speak to Him in prayer and songs of praise." - Martin Luther
Worship has two components:
God reaching out to His people through the Gospel of Christ in Word and Sacrament, AND
God's people responding together in thanksgiving, praise, and prayer to the wonderful things that God has done.