In Christ we are the beloved of the Father: God said of Jesus, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”
On worship themes during the first half of 2017
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind (Luke 10:27).
Do you remember what the “four words” here at Stone Hill are? I am referring to four phrases, the phrases which express the important steps to take here in order to become a more dedicated follower of Christ. Do you remember them? Don’t worry if you can’t. There are days I can’t either. So here they are, but with a twist. I’ve scrambled them up into random order. Can you rearrange them so that they move from the church gathered to the church scattered? And which one comes first?
- Join a circle!
- Impact your world!
- Find a pew!
- Serve with a team!
The correct order is 3, 1, 4, 2. And if you said “find a pew” is the first, you’re right! Our gathered sessions of worship (find a pew) are key times for us to become the people of God, the temple of the Holy Spirit. That’s why the Worship Team spends a lot of time thinking through the flow of Sunday worship.
Typically our worship services reflect a single theme. Here, for instance, are two worship themes from last October:
- October 16, the Kingdom of God is an invisible kingdom
- October 23, the Kingdom of God is an unshakeable kingdom
This winter and spring, we are trying something different. Between now and mid-June, we will follow the events of Christ’s life. We will start with his baptism (today). From there, we will honor his teaching and his miracles (February and March), his crucifixion (early April), his resurrection (Easter, April 16), his return to heaven (later May), and the gift of his Spirit (Pentecost, June 4). In each case, we will announce a worship theme (first) that is based on the event for that particular day (second). By way of example, here’s today’s worship theme:
- Jesus pleased the Father: at Jesus’ baptism, God said, “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased.”
My prayer is that this different approach will deepen our love for Jesus Christ, our Great God and King.