This is the second of a series of posts about how we can take our worship life out into the realm of mission. In our first post, we talked about YMCo’s definition of mission… which is essentially obeying the commandment to “love our neighbor.” And, of course, if we want to love our neighbor we need to know something about our neighbor and the life that they are living.
We also discussed that the first part of worship in many of our churches is typically the Call to Worship. God does the “calling.” We do the responding to that call throughout the rest of the service. Likewise, God is also “doing the calling” for us to engage in acts of mission– throughout the week and throughout our lives. So every time we read a headline, hear a news story, or see a situation where people are in need, we must be attentive to the call that God is making and consider how we will respond to it.
After the Call to Worship, many churches typically have some kind of period that is all about the Adoration of God. It could be a prayer. It could be a song. Whatever form it takes, the content of this time of adoration is centered around who God IS. For example, we might sing classic hymns like “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” or “I Sing The Mighty Power of God,” which talks about many of the great acts of God. Chief among these acts being the creation of the whole world!
Here are some ideas:
Participate in a study regarding pollution emissions in your community, including what kind of fuel sources the local power plant uses, and what percentages of local air pollution are due to vehicles, households, businesses, etc.
Explore what resources your particular denomination offers in the realm of Creation Care.
When we have a mission to care for the creation, we are in turn giving adoration to the Creator!
Next up: Confession of Sin as mission. Stay tuned!