It is a glorious thing, how worship can be approached from so many different earthly and heavenly vantage points. Worship, rooted in the incarnation that is so fully human, and so wonderfully divine.
Just like the heavenlies, the power of God roots all things together in the gravity of his I AM. Reading through Exodus 24:1-11 provides a wonderful glance at one of the earliest ‘covenant’ worship services.
Here is a helpful look at the levels of worship taking place in this passage. They all provide essential (and Biblical!) models for planning worship – providing structure and flow.
Dialogical – the conversation of worship
God’s calls and we respond
Means of Grace
The Word, Sacraments, Prayer & Song
These flow out of the top three levels in various ways.
A few of many options.
• Call to Worship
• Adoration and Praise
• Confession and Assurance
Response to the Word
• Profession’s of Faith
• Tithe and special offerings
• Prayers of the People
The Lord’s Supper
• Call to Service