The Shape of Our Worship: The Basics
- Prelude: Instrumental to cue our people that we are starting the service.
- Call to Worship (Psalm 95:1-7; Hebrews 12:28-29): A passage is read in which God calls us to worship. This helps to orient our hearts and minds to worship the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- Congregational Confession: Depending on the sermon series, we will participate in reading a historic confession or prayer together to humbly connect with the historic church.
- Prayer of Invocation (Psalm 105:1-6): In this prayer, we thank the Lord for His presence with us.
- Songs of Preparation and Praise (Psalm 100:1-5): These songs lift our hearts and minds to God as Father.
- Confession of Sin (1 John 1:9): During this time, we confess as a congregation that we are sinful in comparison to a holy God and in eternal need of a Savior.
- Assurance of Pardon (1 John 1:9): These words are healing, encouraging reminders from Scripture of our union with Christ through faith alone by grace alone.
- Song of Comfort (Psalm 32:1-11): This song reminds us of the person and work of Christ who purchased our forgiveness and restored us to our Abba Father.
- Offering of Tithes and Gifts (2 Corinthians 8-9): Here we recognize God as the Abundant Provider, and we give cheerfully to the work of the Church in order to glorify God and love our neighbors near and far.
- Song of Reflection: This song helps to prepare us for the sermon.
- Pastoral Prayer for the Children, Other Ministries, and the Gathered Saints (Psalm 127:3-5; Matthew 19:13-15): This prayer recognizes the blessing and deposit that have been granted to the Church to be overseen with great care to provide for the future of the Church.
- Sermon (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12-13): During this time, we exegete the Word of God for encouragement, edification, maturation, conviction, and healing as the Spirit leads.
- Sacrament: Lord’s Supper and Baptism: Practiced on a regular basis to make the Word visible.
- Song Response (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16): This song grants us a time of praise and response to the Biblical truths that were preached.
- Announcements (Romans 15:5-7): These are opportunities to engage in missional service, discipleship, or fellowship. We also celebrate God’s goodness to, in, and through us during this time.
- Family Additions (Psalm 61): Those who are joining our church take their membership vows before the congregation.
- Benediction (Numbers 6:22-27): This priestly blessing serves to empower and encourage us as we depart to our various spheres of influence to apply the Word prayed, read, sung, and preached in the service.
- Personal Prayer (Colossians 1:3-14): Our leaders are available to pray with and for you as needed.
The Shape of Our Worship: The Story:
Each element serves to highlight more specifically a member of the Trinity as well as a part of the Redemptive Story. This is accomplished through call and response as we participate in worship for God’s glory.