06.21.15 Worship Confessional

Slide1“The first Adam was cursed with labor and suffering; the redemption of labor and suffering is the triumph of the second Adam – the Carpenter nailed to the cross.

The first demand that a carpenter’s religion makes upon him is that he should make good tables. The only Christian work is good work well done…then all the work will be Christian work, whether it is church embroidery or sewage farming. What is the Christian understanding of work?…It is that work is not, primarily a thing one does to live, but the thing one lives to do. It is, or should be, the full expression of the worker’s faculties…the medium in which he offers himself to God.” (Dorothy Sayers)

Yesterday, we continued our series, “Work,” by exploring the potential of our work. Through Christ, we can offer our work, in the places we live, learn, work, serve and play and know with full confidence, that it can contribute to the life of the world.

Two notes from our gathering. We joined with hundreds of churches across of our nation, in solidarity with our sisters and brothers on Charleston, by using the One Church Liturgy. This powerful prayer begins with these words:

We stand before you today, oh Lord
Hearts broken, eyes weeping, heads spinning
Our brothers and sisters have died
They gathered and prayed and then were no more
The prayer soaked walls of the church are spattered with blood
The enemy at the table turned on them in violence
While they were turning to you in prayer

[All]
We stand with our sisters
We stand with our brothers
We stand with their families
We stand to bear their burden in Jesus’ name

How did you community of faith address the horrific event in Charleston?

And taking a cue from Tim Lomax, we closed our gathering by asking people what they would be doing 24 hours later and then prayed for that specific activity. Everything from taking a walk to having a baby and a few things in-between. What a simple, but powerful way to commission and encourage people vocations.

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • This Is Amazing Grace (Phil Wickham)
  • Your Grace Is Enough (Matt Maher)
  • Responsive Reading (Only by Grace)
  • At the Cross (Daniel Renstrom)
  • Crazy Life (Greg Steele)
  • A Prayer for Fathers
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (The Potential of Work)
  • One Church Liturgy
  • The Sacrament of Communion
  • How Deep the Father’s Love
  • How He Loves (John Mark McMillan)

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

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