09.22.13 Worship Confessional

rsvp logoGod has invited us to join his great mission in the world to proclaim the good news of God’s kingdom and to invite others to join. God is Creator of the universe and of all the invitations we might receive in our lifetimes, surely an invitation from God should carry with it the highest priority. God expects an RSVP. (Richard Stearns, Unfinished)

As we continued our series, RSVP, we explored both the decision making process and the commitment required to say yes to God’s invitation. By exploring the parable of the two sons found in Matthew 21, we discovered that it is much easier to give lip service to God, rather than life service.

Let me share a small piece of the liturgy we used yesterday in our gathering. After our opening song, “Lord, Reign in Me” and before we sang “Here For You,” our community paused to pray together a pray that the People of God have been offering for over 1000 years. The Collect for Purity has its origins in an 11th century liturgy and Thomas Cranmer translated it in 16th century and for hundred of years it has included it in the Book of Common Prayer. It reads:

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

I love taking a rich, beautiful prayer with deep roots in the life of the Church and connecting it to our present day worship of God. And I know that when our community brings its heart before God in prayer, seeking the deep healing of Christ, we can with greater confidence declare, “we welcome you with praise…”

How do you connect the ancient with the presence in worship?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Lord, Reign in Me (Brenton Brown)
  • Collect for Purity
  • Here for You (Passion)
  • Build Your Kingdom Here (Rend Collective)
  • Reading from Psalm 145
  • Your Grace Finds Me (Matt Redman)
  • Commissioning of Greg and Jan Smith
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (RSVP 2)
  • Yes to You (Brett Younker)

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

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