Eight Guiding Words for Worship Celebrations

When planning and preparing for a worship service, we want these adjectives to apply to the end product.  If we can hit these eight points, it will have been a very good day.

  1. Make it joyful.  Create space for laughter, fun, celebration, and surprise.  Create opportunities for people to celebrate life, expressing their freedom in Christ.
  2. Make it reverent.  Create times for prayer, quietness, reflection, and thoughtfulness. Make space for people to honor God in sober seriousness and to still their hearts enough for hearing the “still, small voice.”
  3. Make it helpful.  Give people something they can apply on a day-to-day level.  Make sure it connects with what is happening in the real world.Our challenge is to create a relevant environment.  Therefore, what we do must have some bearing on or importance for real-world issues, present day events, or the current state of society.
  4. Make it relational. People are created for relationships.  Help people connect to one others individually and communally at the gathering and make it easy for them to take a step to connect with a missional community.  
  5. Make it attractional: People have three felt spiritual needs: 1) to experience God, 2) to belong in community, and 3) to have a sense of purpose in life.  Missional Communities (Up-In-and-Out) hit each of these. In our worship services, we want to inspire people to be a part of MCs through the use of testimony, teaching, conversation, and publications.
  6. Make it sustainable.  People from MC’s will take responsibility for pulling worship together.  Make it so a group of eight to ten people with jobs and families can pull this together without it becoming a burden.  We don’t want to start any habits we can’t keep up – and we don’t want to pressure others.
  7. Make it relevant.  What we do must not be estranged from addressing the popular beliefs, customs, practices, and social behaviors that are common on the First Coast.  While our services will contain things that are more familiar to Christians than to non-Christians, our services should be intelligible to the average person living on the First Coast.
  8. Make it Christ-Centered.  Celebrate Jesus Christ as Victor, Example, Sacrifice, Servant, God-With-Us, Prophet, Priest, and King. Point to Jesus, who he is, what he’s done, and how he did it.  Equip those who are gathered to live like Jesus in a particular way.


About Pastor Jesse

I am someone loved by Jesus - a disciple, husband, father, pastor, and engineer. God has a mission and invites us into it. I want to do my part to encourage and equip people for life on that mission!
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