Why Worship Matters

Why we worship

  • Worship helps us see ourselves as God see us and helps us see the world as God hopes it will become
  • Worship is the central experience that shapes us as God’s people (identity)
  • Worship is the most counter-cultural thing we do (mission)

Parts of Worship

We are welcomed (Gathering)

The Holy Spirit gathers the community in welcome, no matter where we are on our faith journey. In this welcoming space, we are safe to confess the ways we failed to be the kind of people God is calling us to be. We hear the words of forgiveness: all are welcome in this place.

  • Values Formed
    •  hospitality, humility, honesty, forgiveness
  • Values Resisted
    • fear, resentment, prejudice
  • Transformation hoped for
    • A 24/7 Disciple sees the face of Christ in each person they meet and is open to them as a gift rather than closed to them as a threat.

We are addressed (Word)

We encounter the living Word, Jesus Christ, through the reading and proclamation. We listen to what God has to say to us today. This message comes to us as Law, which holds a mirror to our lives and honestly reminds us that we need a savior, and Gospel, which comforts us with the Good News of God’s love. We confess our faith, pledging ourselves to this God, and respond in prayer, making God’s concern for the world our concern.

  • Values Formed
    • faith, hope, love, compassion, gentleness, community
  • Values Resisted
    • cynicism, despair, isolation, heartlessness, condemnation
  • Transformation hoped for
    • A 24/7 Disciple knows themselves to be loved by God, a love (like all true love) that is a gift–not earned, and so is free to be a conduit of that love to all he/she encounters.

We are Fed (Meal)

Having been given the gift of God’s peace and love, we return to God what we have already received—our time, talents and treasure–and release them to God’s purposes. We are welcomed at the table, united with God in Christ, with each other, and with Christ’s mission in the world. Having taken Christ’s body into our own, we become Christ’s body in the world—sent in his self-giving service to all in need.

  • Values Formed
    • generosity, harmony, service, mercy, justice
  • Values Resisted
    • competition, consumerism, greed, haughtiness, malice
  • Transformation Hoped For
    • A 24/7 Disciple knows that each moment of life is a gift and so is free to share that gift by giving it away, especially to those who do not have enough.

We are Sent (Sending)

We are invited to leave in peace, blessed with a purpose—God’s purpose. We are sent to serve in word and deed: speaking words of good news, caring for those in need, and sharing with the poor and hungry.

  • Values Formed
    • mission, purpose, courage
  • Values Resisted
    • wastefulness, fear, self-centeredness
  • Transformation Hoped For
    • a 24/7 Disciple knows that they are part of something bigger than themselves—God’s mission in the world—and is ready to risk living as if God’s kingdom has already come even as he she awaits its promised reign.
 
Bethlehem Lutheran Church