Celebration service, Sundays @ 7:30p.
Worship isn’t just something we do on Sundays. It is what we do, always.
Whatever we do, however we do it, we cannot avoid worshipping something. The choices we make highlight the worth of the objects or actions we choose. In fact, this is just what worship means… worthship.
Our problem isn’t whether we worship. The problem is, what do we worship, or whom do we worship? Since we are going to worship something then what we worship must become our chief concern.
Paul addresses this issue in 1 Corinthians 10:31 when he states, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Every act can and should be worship to God. If it is not, it will be an act of worship to a god of our own making.
So the question is, how can our lives reflect this truth daily? How do we become the sort of people who continually turn their worship to God?
We must be equipped! We must hide His Word in our hearts. We must meditate on His truth. We must love one another even as He loved us and we must let His glory shine in our growing love for Him.
The purpose of Celebration is to equip just such worshippers.
So, as we hear the Word taught, and respond during the service, our songs and our prayers are always pointed toward what we’ll do as we leave, and throughout our week.
The Centrality of the Word.
The Celebration service revolves around the text for the evening. Becoming equipped for worship and experiencing worship three dimensionally demands that we have the opportunity to learn and apply the truth of the Bible.
Each evening we explore a central text. The truth of that text and its application then becomes the centerpiece for the activities of the evening. Every element of the service is tied to the message of the Word.
Such an experience binds the heart and the mind to the truth and therein we find our lives beginning to change. That which is clear must not be overtaught. That which is not must not be avoided. And through it all we look to the impact God’s character and heart will have on us Monday morning.
So what does a Celebration Service look like? You never quite know! Sometimes a message brings us to that place of total brokenness and on such an evening we boldly approach the throne of grace in prayer and song. Other passages rouse in us that overwhelming flood of thanksgiving and so we lift up our voices in praise. The order of service is not important… the length of a message, either short or long, is not the concern… it is knowing God more and responding with lives of worship.
The essence of each service is the confidence that God has a purpose and plan for our lives and that plan is greater than anything we could conjure for ourselves.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” –Proverbs 3:5-6
The Celebration Service is for anyone who believes that and desires to let go and fall into the arms of grace. It is for the one who is ready to find out what this life in Christ is really about.