Liturgy: The Work of the People Human beings are at their core defined by what they worship rather than primarily by what they think, know, or believe. Worship is the “work of the people”; a time to practice and rehearse what it means to be the people of God. All Christian worship — whether Anglican, Pentecostal or Presbyterian— is liturgical in the sense that it is governed by norms, draws on a tradition, includes rituals or routines, and involves formative practices. This summer we are going to explore these practices so that we can more actively and meaningfully participate in worship.
June 8, 2014
Liturgical Time: A Community of Memory and Hope
Christians are a people whose year doesn’t simply map onto the calendar of the dominant culture. The practices of Christian worship throughout the year help us participate in God’s community and story. Liturgical seasons root the community’s worship in the rhythms of the whole Gospel: God’s acts of creation, humanity’s fall, God’s covenants with Israel, the coming of Christ to redeem the world, the establishment of Christ’s kingdom on earth.
June 15, 2014
Call to Worship: An Invitation to Be Human (Psalm 147v1–20)
When we gather, we are responding to a call to worship. By grace God calls us to himself to find renewal and restoration so that we may be his image bearers for the world.
June 22, 2014
Sharing of the Peace: Hospitality, Community, and Graced Dependence
Each week we invite the community to join in a time of sharing the Peace of God with those around them. For millennia the Church has believed that the Sharing of the Peace is more than a simple greeting and rather is an actual blessing upon that person. A common blessing follows, “Peace be with you!” with the response, “And also with you!”
June 29, 2014
Song: Singing the Language of the Kingdom (Ephesians 5v18–21)
Scripture calls us to offer our praise to the Lord with raised voices. The vast majority of the Psalms were songs sung by the people of God. As such, worship through song is a prominent piece of our Liturgy. It is through songs corporately sung that our voices rise above our own issues and needs and join in the chorus of praise sung to God throughout the world from the beginning of time.
July 6, 2014 | SAM DUREGGER
Confession: Brokenness, Grace, Hope (Psalm 32)
Scripture clearly teaches that no man is without sin while simultaneously promising that if we confess our sin that God is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Confession then is our public and corporate acknowledgement of our sin against God and one another, which joins us together in humility before our Lord. In this we seek God’s divine mercy, grace, and forgiveness that we might turn from our sin to delight in His will and walk in His way for His glory.
July 13, 2014
Offering: Kingdom Economics | ADAM SMITH
The liturgical practice of the offering indicates that Christian worship — which is a foretaste of the new creation — embodies a new economy, an alternative economy that counters the consumption, hoarding, and greed that characterize so much of our world.
July 20, 2014
Baptism: Initiation into a Royal Priesthood (Romans 6)
We believe that in our baptism we are mysteriously united to Christ in his death and as such truly participate in his resurrection. As we enter the waters of baptism we are reminded that we are washed clean from the filth of the world. As we leave we remember that we now carry the newness of life with us wherever we go.
July 27, 2014 | VBS Celebration
Sermon: Re-narrating the World (Psalm 19v1–14)
We believe that the Word of God is living and active. The sermon, then, is a message presented to the Church each week which presents God’s word and calls people to respond to it. During this time God’s Word ministers to us, challenges us, heals us, frees us, and above all invites us to surrender ourselves to the good and loving will of God.
August 3, 2014
Communion: Supper with the King (1 Corinthians 11:18–34)
This meal and sacrament is the climax of our service in which we remember and participate in our Lord Jesus’ sacrifice. We believe that this meal is surrounded by the mystery of Christ and that in it we are united with Him as he is united with his Father.
August 10, 2014 | SAM MAHLSTADT
Prayer: Learning the Language of the Kingdom (James 5:13–18)
Prayer makes us a people who always see that there’s more going on than meets the eye. To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world. So when we see poverty and disease, the lack of justice, hostility and hatred we bring these things to God and we ask that the rule and reign of God would break in.
August 17, 2014 | GUEST SPEAKER SCOTT HODGE
August 24, 2014 | BBQ & Baptism
Benediction: Blessed to be a Blessing (Psalm 67v1-7)
The benediction is a prayer that God would bless and preserve His people as they leave the assembly and that He would reveal himself to them while granting them grace and peace. Therefore as they leave, the people of God carry this grace and peace out offering it to the world around them.
August 31, 2014 | BILL MECH
Discipleship: Practices beyond Sunday (Acts 2v42-47)