For the last several weeks we have been looking at each part of worship and considering how we can “mission” that element of the service. From being called together to confession of sin, from hearing God’s Word and responding with what we believe, we have discussed how each part relates to social justice and the command that Jesus gives us to “love our neighbor.”
Typically the end of our services includes some kind of Charge and Benediction. Often a pastor leads it by coming out to the center of the room, raising her hands, and gives some final words to the congregation. This part of worship reminds us that God sends us out into the world, and blesses us for that journey with the knowledge that the Holy Spirit goes with us.
Welcome to Part 6 of our blog series, Mission Our Worship. We are looking at the different parts of worship and considering how we can engage in related acts of mission.
In our last post we discussed that after hearing God’s Word read and proclaimed, we are inspired to stand up and say what we believe. That’s more than some litany read aloud by a congregation once a week– it’s a call for our whole lives. Whenever we see injustice or strive in the context of our world, we are called to speak out based on our faith and our convictions.
Welcome to Part 5 of our blog series: Mission Our Worship. Week by week, we are looking at each section of worship and thinking about how we can engage in acts of mission that are related to each of those elements. In previous posts we have discussed how God calls us, not only to gather together in worship, but also calls us to love and serve our neighbors. We have considered how adoration of the creator leads us to care for what God has created. Confessing our sin requires us to be aware of the ways that we, individually and collectively, have hurt our neighbors through social injustices. We’ve also talked about how the Spirit uncovers more of the power and meaning of Scripture when we study the Bible in community… particularly with neighbors who are different from us. Our collective wisdom and collective experiences of life provide a richer soil for our growing understanding of God’s Word and its application in our lives.