10.14.12 Worship Confessional

Yesterday we begin a three week series entitled Offering. This is an opportunity for our entire community of faith to explore the dynamic of worship both in its individual and communal dimensions. While we are teaching adults on the topic, both our children and youth are pressings into worship in their own learning environments.

To start the series we looked at the whys and whats of worship. Here are some of the definitions of worship I shared with our community. What one resonates most with you and why?

  • Worship is a celebration of God’s saving deeds in Jesus Christ. (Robert Webber)
  • Worship is our glad response to the immense grace of the Triune God. (Marva Dawn)
  • Worship is bringing all that we know of ourselves to all that we know of God. (Dieter Zander)
  • Christian worship is not only offering all that we are to a Holy God. It is the intentional response of praise, thanksgiving, and adoration to God, the One revealed in the Word, made known and accessible to us in Jesus Christ and witnessed in our hearts through the Holy Spirit. In real worship, we carry on an exchange of love with the God who is present, the God who speaks to us in the now, who has done and is doing marvelous things. (Sally Morgenthaler)
  • Worship is our response, both personal and corporate, to God for who He is, and what He has done; expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live. (Louie Giglio)

My own working definition of is this: Worship is offering our lives back to God for the life of the world. There is both a sacrificial  and eucharistic nature to the activity of worship which flows directly from the life of Jesus. As worshipers we must take our cures from Jesus as He is the One who offered His life back to God for the sake of others. Through Him, we can offer our lives back to God for the life of others. I love how Eugene Peterson captures Romans 12:1 –

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.”

Here are a couple of questions to reflect upon: What do you think about this understanding of worship? How does worship intersect with our everyday, ordinary lives? What might it mean for you to take your worship outside the walls of the sanctuary and into the holy spaces that are all around us?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Hallelujah: Your Love Is Amazing (Brenton Brown)
  • Call to Worship (Selected verses from 1 John)
  • Furious (Jeremy Riddle)
  • How Great Is Our God (Chris Tomlin
  • The I Know (New Life Church)
  • CCO Partnership Update
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Offering)
  • The Heart of Worship (Matt Redman)

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

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