Rehearsing the Gospel Story Pt. 2
Ok, so it’s taken a few months, but here’s the “what does this look like” post I promised.
No excuses, but if you’ve been around my church lately, you know it’s kinda been a roller coaster as of late, and keeping you all up to date has not been at the top of my list.
So, let’s walk through a Sunday morning service and see how this whole thing plays out, shall we? (The 4 parts of the Gospel story arc are in bold, see the last post if you don’t remember). This was our 2/8/15 Sunday service.
Creation – Celebration of the Magnificent Creator God
Call to Worship – We begin and end each service with scripture. The verses read here are about pointing our hearts and mind to the greatness of God, and to turn our attention to corporate worship. Some days, this is the first thing we do in church, so don’t be late!
Song – How Great is Our God – Again, the focus is on who God is. Holiness, greatness, glory, creator, (and similar) are all adjectives we like to explore during this first section.
Welcome of Guests – We don’t really announce much here anymore. This is more about welcoming people in the joy of the Lord and giving a few next steps to our guests.
Fall – In light of the Greatness of God, we see ourselves as fallen sinners
Prayer of Confession – We know that while forgiven for our sins, we need to remember that we still fall short of God (humility) so we confess our sins to Him. Many times, we will also do a song here, but this week, just the prayer (from the Worship Sourcebook, below).
You have revealed yourself to us in your Word.
You call us to worship you in spirit and in truth.
But we confess that we often worship
not your true self but who we wish you to be.
We too often ask you to bless what we do
rather than seeking to do what you bless.
Forgive us for seeking concessions
when we should be seeking guidance.
Forgive us when our worship shapes you into what we want instead of shaping us into what you want.
Help us to meet you here, that we might bow
before your unspeakable majesty
and so live for you now and ever, in Christ. Amen.
Song – At the Cross (Love Ran Red) – We sing the story of the cross, where God’s love was poured out for a sinful people so that we could now be in relationship to Him. “There’s a place where mercy reigns and never dies.” We are redeemed!