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Christian Worship 101

What is Worship?

Public worship is a gift of God’s grace to the church. It is the means by which God’s people join together to glorify God through adoration and praise. In return, God pours out the richness of bounteous grace to strengthen and nurture those who worship.

The compulsion to worship is more than a personal longing for fellowship with God. It is more than a desire for companionship with people of similar interests.  We worship because we are a body. We are not alone. Our worship reveals the true nature of our congregation; it is in worship that our educational efforts, our mission work, our evangelism, our fellowship and social outreach take root. As eating and breathing are to life, so worship is to the church. In worship, the Body of Christ is edified and built up. In worship it is consoled and corrected. Worship is the expression of what the Church is. Worship is the language of the body—the Body of Christ we call Milledge Avenue Baptist Church.

Why do We Gather on Sunday?

Luke’s gospel tells us that “On the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb” (Luke 24:1). Christ’s resurrection—our first Easter—occurred on the first day of the Roman calendar.  Early Christians adopted Sunday as their day to gather for worship, designating it as the Lord’s Day (Rev 1:10) to differentiate it from the Jewish Sabbath. That is why every Sunday is the Lord’s Day—Resurrection Day; for we gather to proclaim the saving grace of our resurrected Lord.

Is there a Purpose to How We Worship?

The whole of worship is a celebration of the good news of God’s saving action in history. And in worship—through Word and Sacrament—the church is sustained by the presence of Christ. There are many variations, but Protestant worship is structured around responses to God’s generosity in Christ. Here, in essence, is the biblically-centered structure of our worship. 

The Gathering—Prelude, Opening Prayer, Call to Worship, Hymn of Praise.

The Word—Scripture Readings, Pastoral Prayer, the Sermon, Hymn or Anthem.

The Community Shares in Christ’s Life—the Offering, the Lord’s Supper.

The Sending—Hymn of Response, Charge and Blessing.

How Can I Prepare and Participate?

Arrive early, review the order of service, and listen attentively to the preservice music and prelude. Read the Scripture lessons in advance or read them as you prepare for worship, allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to you.

“Be still” (Ps 46:10). Pray for the worship leaders, readers, musicians and your fellow worshippers. Mark the hymns and scripture readings. Prepare your offering envelope.

Sing! “Make a joyful noise to the Lord” (Ps 100:1). Truly “greet one another” (Rom 16:16) during the Peace. During the Offering—whether or not you place a gift in the plate—thank God for your blessings.

Belong to God. Worship is derived from the Old English “weorscipe,” which means “to give worth.” Ultimately, worship is giving worth, value and importance to our relationship with God.

Last Published: August 11, 2017 11:53 AM
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1690 South Milledge Avenue
Athens, GA 30605

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Carrie Juarez Hayes, Office Manager?
carrie@milledge.org

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