06.07.15 Worship Confessional

Slide1If there are priests in the Church, if there is the priestly function in it, it is precisely in order to reveal to each vocation its priestly essence, to make the whole life of all men the liturgy of the Kingdom, to reveal the Church as the royal priesthood of the redeemed world. (Alexander Schmemann)

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10)

Yesterday we began a four week series on Work and throughout the month of June we will be exploring the reality of work through the narrative of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. The creation narrative in Genesis 1-2 provides a strong theological plot line that underscores the sacred nature of our work. We work because we are created in the image of the God who works and this is a high priestly calling. I love how Dorthy Sayers defines work: “The biblical doctrine of work is the gracious expression of creative energy of the Lord in the service of others to create shalom.”

How do you view your work? Do you believe that your work is a holy calling? How could you serve as a priest in the places where you work this week?

We closed our gathering by praying together a prayer for vocations written by Steve Garber, principle at The Washington Institute and taken from his brilliant book, Visions of Vocations:

God of heaven and earth, we pray for your kingdom to come, for your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Teach us to see our vocations and occupations as woven into your work in the world. For mothers and fathers at home who care for children, for those whose labor forms the common life in this city, the nation and our world, for those who serve the marketplace of ideas and commerce, for those whose creative gifts nourish us all, for those whose callings take them into the academy, for those who long for employment that satisfies their soul and serves you, for each one we pray, asking for your great mercy. Give us eyes to see that our work is holy to you, O Lord, even as our worship is holy to you. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; Amen.

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Praise the Invisible (Daniel Bashta)
  • Holy, Holy, Holy (Steven Curtis Chapman arrangement)
  • Forever Reign (Hillsong)
  • Prayers of Confession
  • Assurance of Pardon
  • Your Alone Can Rescue (Matt Redman)
  • Graduate Celebration
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (The Sacredness of Work)

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

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