6.12.11 Worship Confessional

We concluded our series, “Beautiful Exchange” this morning by exploring the Christus Victor view of the Cross. This image was the dominant perspective of the work of Jesus on the Cross for the first thousand years of church history.

Christus Victor (Christ the Victor) is the title of an important book written in 1931 by Gustaf Aulén in which he argues that the atonement should be viewed as divine conflict and victory over the hostile powers that hold humanity in subjection. It is a drama, a passion story of God triumphing over the powers and liberating humanity from the bondage of sin. Aulén writes, “the work of Christ is first and foremost a victory over the powers which hold humankind in bondage: sin, death, and the devil.”

Our primary text was Colossians 2:15 where Paul describes the work of Christ on the Cross with these words: “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”

We added two creative elements to our worship gathering this morning that helped our community experience the power of the Cross in fresh ways. Worshipers were invited to reflect on something in their life that they would like to take to the Cross and exchange for the grace, love and power of Christ. Before receiving communion, they had the opportunity to write what they wanted to exchange on a sticky note and walk to the Cross and attach it

As well, three students from Point Park University choreographed a liturgy dance and performed it during the singing of “Mystery.” This was the first time we have included dance in worship and it was moving to see these students offer their gifts to God in worship.

Question: what creative elements did you include in worship this weekend and how did these elements help your people engage God in deeper ways?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Here for You (Passion)
  • Salvation Is Here (Hillsong)
  • Glorious (Baloche and Brown)
  • Scripture (Hebrews 2:10-18) and Prayer
  • Beautiful Exchange (Hillsong)
  • Message
  • Mystery (Charlie Hall)
  • Communion
  • Awakening (Passion)

You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.

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