10.12.14 Worshp Confessional

morelessGrace received that is not recognized as such, is not grace at all. And grace received that does not recognize the need to be gracious to others misses the point of the truth completely. (Gordon Fee)

Yesterday we continued our series, “More and Less” by exploring the teaching of Paul around communion in 1 Corinthians 11. This is a challenging text especially these verses:

Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 11:28-30)

What does it mean to rightly discern the body of Christ and avoid eating and drinking judgement upon oneself?

I suggested two meanings. One, we need to rightly understanding the depth of Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf. Coming to the table of the Lord is no casual matter. And two, we must rightly understand the body of Christ, the new community of men and women, boys and girls that the Spirit has formed. There is no place for prideful and self-centered attitudes that can separate that which God has brought together.

Regarding your liturgy and worship flow: always be ready to make the right change. Moments before sound check, as I was scrolling through Facebook I found a beautiful and fitting benediction that was posted by Diana Butler Bass. Her words brought our gathering to a strong conclusion and sent us out into God’s world challenged and empowered.

Go therefore into the streets.
Invite everyone to the Feast.
Prepare yourself as well
to sit with those who shock and surprise you.
You many find yourself rendered speechless by who shows up.
Do not exclude yourself from God’s table, and
Remember that you are both herald of an invitation and a welcome guest.

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Hallelujah: Your Love Is Amazing (Brenton Brown)
  • Our God Is Mercy (Brenton Brown)
  • Your Grace Is Enough (Matt Maher)
  • Reading from 1 John 1:5-2:2
  • He Is Given (Bifrost Arts)
  • Prayer for the Lantz Family
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Discerning the Body of Christ)
  • Remembrance (Maher and Redman)
  • Communion
  • Reprise: Our God Is Mercy

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

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