Elemental Worship

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.

 

[Level One]

Dialogical – the conversation of worship

God’s calls and we respond

 

[Level Two]

Gospel/Redemptive Flow

Creation/Fall/Redemption/Consummation

 

[Level Three]

Means of Grace

The Word, Sacraments, Prayer & Song

 

[Level Four]

Elements

These flow out of the top three levels in various ways.

A few of many options. 

 

Gathering

    • Call to Worship

    • Adoration and Praise

    • Confession and Assurance

 

Proclamation

    • Scripture

    • Teaching

    • Preaching

 

Response to the Word

    • Praise

    • Profession’s of Faith

    • Tithe and special offerings

    • Prayers of the People

 

The Lord’s Supper

    • Thanksgiving

    • Communion

 

Sending

    • Call to Service

    • Benedict/Blessing

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