Cuthbert United Methodist Church
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

MEANING OF WORSHIP

WORSHIP WONDERING.... A SERIES ON WORSHIP PRACTICES
BY REV. NAN DE ANDRADE
why do we do what we do in corporate worship?
 
Each act in our service has a purpose and a tradition that carries deep meaning and intention.  Many are centuries-old and some have even evolved into new meanings.  This series will take a moment to look into some of our practices at Cuthbert UMC so that we can all enjoy a richer experience of worship of God on Sunday mornings.  
 
THE SHAPE OF OUR WORSHIP
United Methodist services have a rhythm of PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE, a “conversation” between God and God’s people, which you can observe in the overall shape and within each part.  Look at our usual Traditional order:  
 
ENTRANCE – includes Announcements, Centering Music, bring in the Light, Choral Introit, Call to Worship, Opening Prayer/ Prayer of Confession and Pardon, Hymn of Praise.  
 
PROCLAMATION and RESPONSE – includes Sharing Joys and Concerns, Call to Prayer, Prayers, Offertory, Doxology, Hymn of Preparation, Scripture Lessons, and Sermon, Invitation to Discipleship, Communion.  
 
SENDING FORTH –Hymn of Dedication (altar call), Benediction 
 
GOING FORTH - Sending Song and Carrying out the Light, and Postlude.  
Though music often expresses the liturgy in our Contemporary Service, Proclamation and Response still maintains the basic pattern:  
 
ENTRANCE – Announcements, Songs of Praise and Worship.  
PROCLAMATION and RESPONSE –Sharing Joys and Concerns, Prayers, Offertory, Doxology, Song of the Day, Scripture Lessons, and Sermon, Invitation to Discipleship, Communion.  
SENDING FORTH – includes Closing Song (altar call) and Benediction.  
GOING FORTH - Sending Song. 
Take a moment to think about each of these acts – are we talking (as in a hymn of praise)? Or, is God speaking (as in the reading of scripture)?  Perhaps  it’s back-and-forth (as in Confession and Pardon). Paying attention to when to listen and when to speak  is important to having a successful conversation with God, and will help the blessings flow!