The Christian life is directed toward a City, a place in which God’s redemptive purposes for God’s creation will be realized. If we think of the future life as a disembodied existence in an ethereal realm – which is not, I have suggested, our ultimate goal – then it is difficult to think of our present cultural affairs as in any sense a positive preparation for our heavenly existence. But if we think of the future life in terms of inhabiting a Heavenly City, we have grounds for looking for some patterns of continuity between our present lives as people immersed in cultural contexts and the life to come. (Richard Mouw)
Yesterday as we concluded our series, “Being and Doing,” we created a liturgy of Scripture, prayer and song that walked us through the narrative of creation, fall, redemption and restoration. Here’s what it looked like:
- All Creatures of our God and King (Traditional)
- Reading from Psalm 24
- The Earth Is Yours (Gungor)
- Prayer of Confession – Almighty God, we lower our heads before you and we confess that we have too often forgotten that we are yours. Sometimes we carry on our lives as if there was no God and we fall short of being a credible witness to You. For these things we ask your forgiveness and we also ask for your strength. Give us clear minds and open hearts so we may witness to You in our world. Remind us to be who You would have us to be regardless of what we are doing or who we are with. Hold us to You and build our relationship with You and
with those You have given us on earth.
- Wholly Yours (David Crowder Band)
- Words of Assurance: 1 John 1:5-2:2
- At the Cross (Daniel Renstrom)
- Revelation 21:1-4
- Where the Streets Have No Name (U2)
What story did you tell through your liturgy yesterday?
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.