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Structure and Elements of the Worship Service

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The structure of the worship service is centered around gathering, the service of the Word, the service of the Table and dismissal. Elements of a worship service include songs, scripture reading, offerings, sacraments, prayer and affirmation of faith.




Structure and Elements of the Worship Service

I. Structure of the Worship Service

A.  Gathering

B.  Service of the Word

C.  Service of the Table

D.  Dismissal

1.  Benediction

a.  Aaronic blessing - Numbers 6:24-26

b.  Hebrews 13:20-21

c.  1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

d.  2 Corinthians 13:14

2.  Song or Word of Commissioning

II.  Elements of the Worship Service

A.  Offering with prayer

B.  Worship renewal

1.  Start with where you are.

2.  Listen to the congregation.

3.  Education

4.  Introduce new elements

a.  Carefully and cautiously

b.  Limited numbers

C.  Announcement - "Joys and concerns"

D.  Special music

E.  Response to special music

F.  Songs

G.  Scripture Reading

H.  Preaching and Teaching

I.  Sacraments

J.  Prayers

K.  Affirmation of Faith

L.  Greeting


III.  Various Topics

A.  How long should the sermon be?

B.  How much preaching and teaching should there be?

C.  Should our style be liturgical or contemporary?

D.  What do you mean by, "Worship is for God?"

E.  Should we preach about doing good works?

F.  Is there a style of music that is incompatible with worship?

G.  Culture Continuum

1.  Celebration

2.  Connection

3.  Confrontation

4.  Condemnations

H.  Seeker Continuum

1.  Hostile

2.  Insensitive

3.  Sensitive (Friendly)

4.  Driven

I.  Summary Statements

1.  Revelation and Response

2.  Worship is beholding and becoming like God.

3.  We become like the object of our worship.

4.  We are transformed by the renewing of our minds.

5.  Worship is seeing him and being his.

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